Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Atlanta Braves: One Run Away...Again.

The Atlanta Braves found a way to lose their ninth one run game of the year to the Nationals 3-2 in 12 innings. They are 0-9 in one run games this year. The only team in the majors that has not won a one run game. Unbelievable! Sure, they have had more than their share of injuries in April. Serious injuries to key personnel. But they have lost more games due to poor play than to guys being on the DL. They are literally finding ways to lose games. In the 12th inning of tonight's game they have the lead-off man in the hole 0-2, and end up walking him. They make an error on a hard hit double play ball to first, and a possible DP ball to the pitcher loading the bases. Both the tying and winning runs score on walks. All this after clutch hitting in the top of the 12th to take the lead 2-1. I have no idea how professional ballplayers react to losses when they know they are playing a 162 game schedule, but this loss has got to sting some. Not because it's their 4th in a row, but because of the way they lost it. They gave it away. The Braves are 3 1/2 games back in the division with virtually an entire season to go. There is plenty of time if the caliber of play improves. And we find some "one runs"!

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