3. Runners in scoring position
Atlanta was just 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position on Tuesday night. After plating a single run in the second and third innings, Atlanta couldn’t produce much against four Rockies pitchers. Colorado’s bullpen (the combined efforts of three different hurlers) allowed just one hit and two walks over the final four innings of the contest.
Being unable to get the key hit on Tuesday continued a disturbing recent trend for the Braves. Atlanta was 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position in Sunday night’s 6-3 loss in St. Louis and 3-for-11 in a 6-5 defeat at the hands of the Cardinals on Saturday night.
“We just couldn’t get anything going. Couldn’t get a big hit. It’s baseball,” Snitker said.
The loss was the third consecutive defeat for the Braves, but it was just the ninth loss all season for Atlanta when Braves pitching held the opposition to three runs or less. Atlanta is now 60-9 in those situations this season.
In those three losses, the Braves led in every game, including going up 2-0 on the Rockies through three innings. However, Atlanta simply had no answer for Colorado’s bullpen as Estévez and Daniel Bard posted strikeouts for five of the final six outs of the game. Bard’s clean ninth inning earned him his 28th save of the season.