I actually went to this one, so I’ll just note what I saw. For his second start in a row, Alex Wood threw a ton of pitches in the early going as he struggled to command his fastball, and gave up a fair amount of hard contact, including a two-run homer to Michael Cuddyer. He eventually figured it out and looked much better later in the game, but with this offense, two-run homers by the opposition are awfully hard to overcome, and the Braves pitching staff put the offense behind the 8-ball all game.
Bartolo Colon mystified eight out of the nine Braves hitters for much of the afternoon, but Andrelton just slaughtered him. Through six innings, Simmons’ two-run triple and booming double were two of the only four hits off Colon; the Braves went down in order between the Simmons triple in the second and double in the fifth.
But for all of that, the margin of the game basically came down to two things: in the fourth inning, Wood threw a pitch that Colon was able to flip into right field for an RBI single, and in the 8th, Juan Jaime walked the first two men he faced, one of whom eventually came around to score on a sacrifice fly. Two-run homers happen, but leadoff walks and RBI singles by this guy simply shouldn’t:
This was a winnable game that the Braves lost. At least we’re still in first place.