Here’s the setup for the series:
It wasn’t the bullpen’s problem alone in Friday’s loss, and three pitchers gave up 15 hits and 13 earned runs. My Braves couldn’t match that on the offensive side, despite 2 solo HRs and a double…they only put up 7 runs on 12 hits.
Saturday was a much better outing for them: they topped the Golden Eagles 7-5 with a 2 RBI homer in the 11th. The two Lukes (Shadid and Mangieri) combined for 5 hits and 2 RBIs but DH Derek Bangert had 3 RBIs himself including the 2 from the HR in the 11th which won the game. Of the 5 runs the defense gave up only 2 were earned..the three errors on the night left room for 3 unearned runs, which could have come back to bite them without the extra inning HR. Starter Ben Olson gave up 4 hits and no earned runs but those three runners still came in on his watch.
Sunday’s rubber match was a shootout. Despite giving up a huge rally in the 6th (8 runs) and 7th (3 more) the Braves lost 16-14 to move to 3-3 on the year. I haven’t had a chance to look at all the stats but the Braves had multiple homers and some good bats, especially in the 8th while trying to mount a comeback.
Braves used pitchers and only one of the 16 runs was unearned. The bats are better than the pitching though with FIVE of the Braves sporting a 900+ OPS. I’m looking forward to my first outing to Dozer park to see them.