The Friday Night Frustrations continued as the Braves dropped a comletely winnable game in the most Braves-like fashion to the feckless Baltimore Orioles.
Sean Newcomb pitched the worst looking seven innings of 5 hit one run ball you’ll ever see, while Alex Cobb, he of the 2-9 record and almost 8.00 ERA on the road this year looked like vintage Greg Maddux. Newk was working deep counts to Oriole hitters, and while he walked only two, he benefitted from a couple of double plays and had a runner thrown out at second on a nice play by Folk Hero Charlie Culberson. Even the only run he allowed was frustrating, as he surrendered a home run to Chris Davis, who can’t even SEE the freaking Mendoza Line at this point and was hitting, oh, about, -.500 against lefties.
In the 7th, Atlanta finally got on the board with a Dansby Swanson triple followed by a Johan Camargo double to tie it up. In the 8th, Folk Hero Charlie Culberson gave the Braves a temporary lead when he doubled in Albies and Freeman.
That lead lasted all of about 4 minutes, as Dan Winkler came on to earn blow his first major league save. Apparently Arodys Vizcaino had a sore shoulder and was unavailable. At least we got that going for us. Adam Jones led off with a single, Manny Machado walked, and…
You know. Too much. I’ll sum up. 3 more singles, two doubles – one a questionable fair/foul directly over the barest micrometer of the third base corner, a sacrifice fly, and two pitching changes later, it was 7-3 Balmer, with Zach Britton warming up.
THAT lead lasted all of about FIVE minutes as …
Also too much. More summing up. Three singles, a hit by pitch, two doubles and Freddie thrown out at the plate and it’s 7-7, with Markakis at third with one out. So, of course, TFlo strikes out out on three pitches, and Swanson flies out to end the rally.
Shane Carle pitched a shaky 10th and a shut down 11th. Jesse Biddle tossed three perfect frames, looking reaaly good while doing so. Meanwhile the Braves were wasting at bats and opportunities, making the Oriole pen look much better than they are. Both Markakis and Danny Santana just missed homers to end it, with Santana’s flyball caught against the fence with the fielder reaching above the home run line to haul it in.
Meanwhile, Peter Moylan came on to pitch the 15th, with predictably frustrating results. Moylan hit Craig Gentry with a pitch to open the frame. After a sac bunt, rather than walk Machado, who is the only Oriole who scares you, Moylan hung a meatball which Machado drove into the stands. Not satisfied with crushing the souls of the fans who stayed for 5 hours, Moylan then let Colby Rasmus, hitting all of .110 or so, single, and be driven in by Jonathon Schoop, who also is stuggling to hit his weight. 10-7, and game over.
Anyway, it’s probably wrong to attach too much importance to one loss. So, I will refrain from crying DOOOMED. Julio Teheran takes the mound this afternoon, looking to restore order.