The Atlanta Braves dropped their second straight game in soggy conditions with a 4-3 loss to the Miami Marlins on Independence Day. Here are three observations from the game:
1. A rare Craig Kimbrel loss sealed the deal for the Braves
The Braves bullpen held on as long as it could, but the Marlins eventually found a way to push the game-winning run across -- a bloop single to right field that sent Ed Lucas home from second, barely beating a strong throw from Jason Heyward. There's always a certain degree of irony whenever a closer drops a game, but when Craig Kimbrel, one of the most reliable closers in recent memory, gives up a game-winning hit, it just feels off.
"You know what? They got an 0-2 pitch, the guy just put the ball in play, just got it over there to right field," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
Of course, that's simplifying the matter. Kimbrel put himself in that predicament, notably through some control issues that have popped up in his past...