So there are two horrible things you could use to frame the debacle last night. The first thing I could point out is that Tommy Hanson allowed 4 runs (3 “earned”) in 4 2/3 innings. Here is what Tommy has done in three starts since returning to the rotation, compared with his performance in his first 22 starts, and his performance for his career before 2012:
So Tommy hasn’t just sucked. His suck has been accelerating at ludicrous speed. But it’s hard to blame the pitching staff for losing two out of the past three when the Braves offense has scored four runs in the past three games, after exploding for fourteen runs in our last two games in San Francisco.
Last night, they mustered seven hits off lefty Eric Stults, a lefthanded journeyman whose average fastball this year is 87.4 miles per hour. Over the course of his six-year career, he has a 2.48 ERA in 29 innings against us, and a 4.42 ERA against every other team in baseball. He also destroyed us on August 13. The Braves had just one extra- base hit, and it didn’t come until the 9th inning, when it was already 8-1, and David Ross hit a solo shot to cut the Padres’ lead to 8-2. The game was already safely out of reach, because the Pods had scored four runs in the 8th off Chad Durbin and Jonny Venters.
And, oh yeah, Jonny Venters still isn’t right. So I guess you could say there are three horrible things you could use to frame the debacle last night.