The errors of the AtlantaBraves players last night was almost comical. The Braves infield was pretty disastrous last night and they will be the first to admit it. Jace Peterson didn’t field a routine ground ball, Dansby Swanson had the same fate at shortstop, and Matt Adams at first base fielded a ground ball but did not throw it. Pitcher Bartolo Colon made a throwing error and the Los Angeles Angels took advantage of the mishaps and scored 9 runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning.
A little good news for the Braves last night was Matt Kemp hit a homerun. The Braves had not hit a homerun in the previous 6 ball games until Kemp crushed one to the deepest part of the stadium. Homeruns seemed to be the conversation of last night’s game as Albert Pujols hit his 599th homerun of his career in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Tyler Flowers also got a solo homerun in the 7th inning.
Angels rookie Parker Birdwell started his first major league game last night for the Los Angeles Angels. He enjoyed his first major league win and despite of the 2 homeruns he surrendered, the Angels provided all the offense he needed. Braves manager Brian Snitker finally had to take Braves starting pitcher Bartolo Colon out of the game in the 3rd inning. Last night’s calamity showed how much baseball is a team sport and bad luck can be contagious.
The Braves will go for the series win tonight, but I’m sure the Braves coaches have plenty of hitting drills in store for the Braves team today. In little league most of our practices involved fielding ground balls, reputation is key. Hopefully the Braves can just treat last night as a bad game and Brandon Phillips should get his routine spot back at 2nd base. The Braves fans might forget last night’s game if the Braves win tonight and take the series. GO BRAVES!!!!!