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Arizona Diamondbacks 1, Atlanta Braves 7: The Burning in Atlanta

July 16th, 2017 at 3:01 PM
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Record: 53-39. Pace: 93-69. Change on 2016: +14.

It was interesting to hear Steve Berthiaume describing the Braves‘ new home in Suntrust Park this afternoon. It was utterly glowing – I noted in particular his use of the phrase “state-of-the-art,” perhaps a subtle attempt to connect it with the decrepit sinkhole which is Chase Field ["state-of-the-art" being a term of contention in the current spat between the team and the stadium district]. But somehow, I think the D-backs will be more than glad to see the back of it, having lost all three games here this weekend, with today’s loss the most lop-sided of all.

While it took the bullpen to lose the first two contests, it took Zack Godley three pitches to give Atlanta a lead they never relinquished. It’s probably my fault for mentioning in the preview how he hadn’t allowed more than three runs in a start this year. Though in my defense, I did specifically point to Godley’s low BABIP as a potential area of regression. And, lo and behold, that was at .375 this afternoon. But it was the balls OUT of play – the three-run homer to Matt Kemp and a solo shot to Matt Adams – which were the real destroyers today. Godley even set a career-high with nine strikeouts, not that he’ll want to be remember this game overall.

Before those home-runs put the Braves up 6-0, I had a nice little paragraph all written about how the second inning summed up the Diamondbacks‘ problems during the current slump. Godley struck out the lead-off man swinging, but he reached base as Jeff Mathis couldn’t keep the pitch in front of him. One out later, with the runner on second, Dansby Swanson hit the ball into the hole at short. Ketel Marte made a good play, but the ball took a …

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Tags: A.J. Pollock, Brandon Phillips, Braves, Cubs, Dansby Swanson, Diamondbacks, Ender Inciarte, Jeff Mathis, Ketel Marte, Matt Adams, Matt Kemp, Paul Goldschmidt, Reds, Robbie Ray, T.J. McFarland, Zack Godley

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