Marlins 7 (65-62), Braves 1 (73-55)
WP: Volstad (8-9)
LP: Hanson (8-10)
As a baseball fan...this was a boring game to watch. It was sloppy. There wasn't a lot of excitement in the field. As a Braves fan, it was horrifying to watch. Tommy Hanson allowed 6 earned in 5 innings, including 4 solo homers. At least he didn't walk anyone. Tommy just didn't have it tonight. None of the homers were BOMBS...most only went a couple rows deep. But it doesn't matter where they land in the long run, just that they landed over the fence. It was a crap effort from Tommy, especially after what Jair Jurrjens put on the hill Wednesday in Colorado. The bullpen stopped the bleeding pretty well, without burning anyone out. Cristhian Martinez continues to be a surprise in mop up duty, throwing 2 scoreless innings. He's struck out 14 batters and only walked 1 in 17 2/3 innings of work. I have no problem with him on the roster. I don't want to see him come in during the 8th inning of a close game...but in situations like this? Hell yeah, bring him on! I would have rather seen him come in Wednesday in Colorado that what actually did happen...but alas. Craig Kimbrel threw a scoreless inning in his return to Atlanta, striking out 2, and allowing a pair of baserunners...one on a walk on a borderline 3-2 pitch, and one on a ball that was hit right at Infante but ate him up on a bad hop. Billy Wagner threw a scoreless 9th and became the all-time lefthanded reliever strikeout king of the world. Small consolation tonight.
As for the offense...straight up? They sucked tonight. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. 6 hits for the team, no walks. 2 of the hits were by Jason Heyward, including an 8th inning solo homer that spoiled Chris Volstad's shutout. Chris Volstad isn't a good pitcher...but he sure as hell looked like one tonight. The Braves put 2 on in each of the 2nd, 3rd, and 6th innings...and stranded all 6 of those men on base. 5 1-2-3 innings. Just pathetic. I'm not even going to single out players...everyone was bad tonight.
Tomorrow is a new day. Ricky Nolasco starts for the Marlins...well, he's scheduled to at least. As a Nolasco owner in something like 4 fantasy leagues, I've been wondering what the hell is going on with this start. He's got a torn meniscus in his knee, and he says he's going to start...doesn't seem too bright to me. Whatever. Tim Hudson goes for the Braves and looks to rebound from his terrible start in Colorado on Monday. Huddy needs this one, bad.