Five games ago, the Atlanta Braves were at .500, having split the first 84 games of the season. Today the Braves got shellacked 11-3 and go into the All-Stars break riding a five game losing streak.
Charlie Blackmon killed us all series long. Today he went three for five, scored a run and drove in four. Blackmon put the Rockies ahead for good in the bottom of the sixth, singling in two runs. This was not the pivotal at bat in the game, however. That came after the Braves had knotted the score at three in the top of the frame.
With one out and the bases loaded, the Braves chose to let Alex Wood hit for himself; and our doom was sealed. Whether the Braves could have taken the lead, we’ll never know. What we do know is that Alex gave up the go-ahead single to Blackmon, and David Carpenter gave up a pair of two run home runs to Troy Tulowitzki and Drew Stubbs, Tulo’s in relief of Wood in the sixth and Stubbs’ in the seventh.
Game. Set. Match.
I would like to see the Braves move Jonny Gomes for the proverbial bucket of warm spit. I like Gomes. He’s done. Joey Terdoslavich can play the field as well and hit as well. He may not provide the intangible non-quantifiable veteran leadership Gomes does, but that doesn’t seem to be working too well lately anyway.
I’d like to move Nick Markakis. I like Markakis. Get a B prospect and play Eury Perez and Joey T in the corners. I love Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe. Sell them. Ditto for Jim Johnson and A. J. Pierzynski. Get something that might help us next year or the year after.
Trade, release or sacrifice Chris Johnson. Give him away. Replace Fredi with an empty sack.