Marlins 6 (68-65), Braves 1 (78-57)
WP: Miller (1-0)
LP: Kawakami (1-10)
I said on Wednesday I had no idea what the Braves would get out of Kenshin Kawakami tonight. Well...we know now: nothing. Kawakami put on an absolute stinker of a performance tonight in Miami, going 3 innings and allowing 5 hits (all for extra bases), 5 earned, 4 walks, and 2 strikeouts. It was quite frankly, an absolute disastrous performance that will probably be enough to prevent Kawakami from making any future appearances as a Brave. It was a huge loss on a night where the Braves needed a win. The Phillies got a 1-0 win behind strong pitching from Cole Hamels, and now only sit a game back in the NL East. I'm not panicking...but man, does this hurt. One positive out of tonight's pitching: the bullpen held the fort down pretty well. 1 run, 2 hits, 4 walks and 6 strikeouts in 4 innings from Scott Proctor, making his Braves debut, Mike Dunn, who's battled control issues in the majors, and Kyle Farnsworth, who's been an absolute mess since becoming a Brave. I'll take it.
The Braves offense choked big time tonight. They put 10 men on base in 5 innings against Andrew Miller...and only got 1 run. 9 men were left on base. Nothing went for extra bases. It was just pure offensive hell for the Braves. The only offensive highlight was David Ross, who went 1/2 with a pair of walks. No one else reached multiple times. The top 3 in the lineup went 2/13 with a walk and 5 strikeouts. They need to get on base to spark things, they didn't, and that was that. Also worth noting: Rick Ankiel went 0/4 with 4 strikeouts. That trade is working out great...hm, sounds like a piece I should write in the coming days: a hindsight view of the multitude of trades the Braves have made over the past 2 seasons. Sounds yummy.
Tomorrow is another day though, but unfortunately, the Braves won't get to face someone like Andrew Miller...nope, Marlins ace Josh Johnson is on the hill, and he'll be facing Braves...starter Jair Jurrjens. Good pitching matchup, though Johnson completely dominated the Braves last Sunday...and got a no decision. Not looking forward to seeing him again. Jurrjens got the win on Monday against the Mets, but couldn't finish the 6th inning.