The first pitch was, by far, the coolest thing that happened at SunTrust Park Tuesday night:
Other than that, the Braves just had to do a whole lot of cap tippin’. Aaron Nola was on, limiting the Braves to one run on five hits in eight innings. He got six strikeouts, and the Braves could never really figure him out. They tried to mount a modest rally in the 9th, but it fell short.
Jaime Garcia held his own and pitched a pretty good ballgame. He went 7.2 innings and gave up three runs on eight hits, striking out four. He’s lowered his ERA to 3.21, and has been one of the bright spots in the rotation. He was just plain outpitched tonight.
This game fell into the 1/3 every team loses on a season. It happens. If the Braves can win the next two, they will split this series. If they can win just one, they will at least not get swept. It’s the small joys in life you have to focus during rebuilds. Somehow, the Braves are still in a tie for second place in the division. The NL East is absolutely wretched.
Losing-against-terrible-teams-like-the-Phillies delenda est.
Natspos delenda est.