Here are three things we gleaned from the Braves' 7-3 loss to the Phillies on Sunday.
1. The Braves started slow and tapered off in this series-defining defeat
There's an old adage in baseball that teams are predisposed to win 50 games and lose 50 games in a given season, regardless of how well or poorly they play. But after that, each franchise is on their own for the remaining 62 games.
Using that rationale, it was part of Atlanta's destiny to fall in Philly, just like it might have been Brian McCann's destiny to commit his first error of the season immediately after a wild pitch from Braves reliever Alex Wood which, coupled with McCann's error, yielded two Phillies runs on the same play. Ouch!
Throw in an anemic afternoon from Freddie Freeman and the Upton brothers (one hit, seven combined strikeouts), plus Kris Medlen's worst outing of the year (six earned runs, eight hits allowed in just 5.1 innings), and you have the recipe for a forgettable loss ...