The Braves played poorly in Arizona and that poor play continued over the weekend in Anaheim except for just a few innings. Here was the good, bad, and ugly from the series:
Joe Mather - The Braves scored six runs in the three games. Joe Mather drove in five of those runs. Mather was the only Brave to show up at the plate in LAA and he practically won Saturday night's game all by himself. Well player, Mather.
Saturday Night's Bullpen - After Tommy Hanson struggled to get through six innings, the bullpen worked the next six innings. Eric O'Flaherty, Jonny Venters, George Sherrill, Scott Proctor, and Craig Kimbrel all had stellar outings and did not allow a single base hit. Heck, only three batters reached once the Braves 'pen came in, and those were on walks.
.....And that's about it for the good.
Tommy Hanson - 6IP, 5H, 4ER, 4BB, 7K; come on, Tommy. You're better than that. Thank goodness Joe Mather and the bullpen bailed him out or we would've been swept.
Derek Lowe - 6IP, 5H, 3ER, 5BB, 5K; OK, so maybe Lowe wasn't all that bad, but he was all over the place on Sunday and was constantly filling the bases up with Angels.
LOLineup - The Braves scored six runs in 30 innings this series and four of them came in the 7th inning of Saturday's game. That's just pathetic.
Tim Hudson - 3.2IP, 7H, 8ER, 3BB, 2K; It's not so much the performance that was ugly, but what should have everyone concerned is Hudson's bad back. He'll miss his next start in Pittsburgh and will likely miss the start after that as well. Get better soon, Huddy.
Dan Uggla - 1-for-13, 0BB, 4K; 5 years, $62 million. Sigh.
The Braves will play a quick two game series in Pittsburgh. Jair Jurrjens vs. Charlie Morton for Tuesday, Mike Minor vs. James McDonald on Wednesday.