After playing some pretty inspired baseball for the first two series of the year, the Braves looked completely helpless in their series against the Marlins. We didn't pitch well, we didn't hit enough, we played some terrible defense -- it pretty much all went wrong. The key play on Thursday being an error by Kelly Johnson that could have been a double play. The next batter hit a 3-run homerun that was the difference in the game.
"This is one of the hardest places to play a day game," Johnson said. "I saw it out of his hand, and I at least knew it was coming at me. I put my glove where I thought it was going and just couldn't see it."
Then why on earth do we play day games at Turner Field?!? Let's just throw home field advantage right out the door if we know this and still let the team schedule day games.
"It's a long season," Johnson said. "You don't get down about anything. We might turn around and sweep them some other time, maybe at their place, and return the favor."
I wouldn't really call it a favor, but whatever. It is a long season, and maybe the road will be kinder to us this year. We start a 9-game trip tomorrow in Pittsburgh. For his part, Thursday's starter Kenshin Kawakami had a pretty decent start, save for that one pitch that he gave up the 3-run homerun -- it was an improvement on his first start.