A dark cloud has planted itself over Atlanta.
The Braves lost to the Nationals for the second game in a row on Wednesday afternoon and fell to 7-8 this season against them.
It’s maddening that the Braves can take out the Mets and Phillies, but can’t get the job done against Washington.
Justin Maxwell was the hero for Washington. He gave the Nats the only four runs they would score the entire game with one swing. Maxwell, who was hitting a paltry .132 with two homers on the year before the game, is a different hitter with the bases loaded.
Maxwell’s career with the bases loaded:
3-for-4, 3 HRs
Incredible. Next time you need a grand slam, keep this man on your short list.
It was just the second time the Braves have lost a home series all year.
Braves rookie pitcher, Mike Minor, pitched well outside of the 2nd inning.
The Braves had no problem hitting the ball. Scoring runs was the issue and has been a recurring problem this season for the Braves. They had 10 hits yesterday and were 1-11 with runners in scoring position (3-22 in the series). They only managed to score six runs in the entire series.
Given the time of year, I don’t know if the Braves have been at a lower point this season. They are three games behind the Phillies now and are still clinging to a half game lead over the Giants.
Still, the Braves have six games left against Philadelphia. There’s no reason to give up just yet, but the Braves really need to bounce back strong against the Mets this weekend.