Series Recap: Atlanta Braves at Arizona Diamondbacks

Norm Hall

Atlanta's second 10-game road trip of the year comes to a merciful end. They come home having lost six of the 10 games and two of three to the Diamondbacks.

The series started on a positive note. Justin Upton homered in his first game back in Arizona since being traded and combined with Chris Johnson for seven hits in a 10-1 Atlanta win. Mike Minor pitched into the seventh inning and earned his fifth win of the season.

The other two games were rife with scoring opportunities, but Atlanta's offense simply could not take advantage (sound familiar?). The team drew five walks against Patrick Corbin, but only managed four hits in total, and an infield double contributed to a tough loss for Julio Teheran.

In the finale of the series, Atlanta left 12 runners in scoring position, seven of them after the fifth inning when Arizona regained the lead from Atlanta following Freddie Freeman's tiebreaking double that same inning. Many of the outs would've been hits if not for a brick wall with legs standing at first base. Of course, I'm referring to Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt, who also had six hits in the series (4 doubles, 1 HR).

What was perhaps more concerning than the offensive output in the last two games was Tim Hudson's performance. For the second straight start, one bad inning did him in and he now sports a 5.12 ERA. We can only speculate about what's wrong, but I think he'll be fine.

As for seeing our old pal Martin Prado, he was 4-9 with a walk in the series.

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