Originally posted on BravesWire  |  Last updated 8/20/12
Going into the series with the Dodgers, the Atlanta Braves were 4 games behind the division-leading Washington Nationals. Going into the 3-game set with Washington, the Braves are now 5 games behind the Nats. For whatever reason, the Atlanta bats just didn’t come through against the Dodgers. On Saturday night, the Braves went a ridiculous 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Sunday they only put 3 hits on the board. As streaky as this team is, perhaps it is no surprise that their offense is streaky, too. Ben Sheets had a fairly rough outing, the worst of his short stint with the Braves. It certainly could have been worse, though. Sheets became the 6th pitcher to ever allow 4 homers on 4 hits (with at least 6 innings pitched). The home runs Sheets allowed were enough for the Dodgers to get by the offensively challenged Braves. The story of Mike Minor’s season remains one of poor run support. Mike Minor’s line Sunday afternoon: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 97 pitches (64 for strikes).
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