From April until July, Aaron Harang was riding through the highway that is the 2014 season in a fancy, shiny, glimmering chariot. However, midnight has struck, and that beautiful chariot has now turned into a stinking, rotten pumpkin, as Aaron Harang had yet another bad outing that led to another ugly loss for the Braves.
The game got off to a pretty bad start for Atlanta, as Jarred Cosart easily retired the first 3 batters of the game. Aaron Harang wasn't as fortunate, as the Marlins had runners on 1st and 3rd before Harang had even picked up his first out. He got that out by punching out GIancarlo Stanton, but he could get past Casey McGehee, who hit one up the middle to bring in in Christian Yelich for the game's 1st run of the night. The bright side was that McGehee was caught being McGreedy and got thrown out trying to stretch his single into a double. Things didn't get much better for the Braves, though, because Marcell Ozuna got himself a single that brought in Donovan Solano to make it 2-0.
Ozuna put another run on the board for the Marlins in the 3rd inning. After Stanton reached with 1 out in the bottom of the 3rd, he stole 2nd to get into scoring position. That's when Ozuna hit a gapper that made it 3-0. Then, something called a Justin Bour (apologies to Justin Bour) also hit a double, plating Ozuna to make it 4-0.
The 4th inning was more of the same: Quick inning for the Braves offense, and a long, exciting one for the Marlins. The first batter to reach base was Jarred Cosart. Wonderful. Then, with 2 outs, Donovan Solano picked up where he left off last week by hitting a single to extend the inning. Giancarlo Stanton was thankful for this extension, and he showed his gratitude by hitting a double that scored 2 runs and made it 6-0. That was the final batter Aaron Harang faced, and if this team subscribes to common sense, that should be the last batter that Harang faces for a long time. With the way Harang has looked through his last 5 starts, there is really no reason to have him going out there every 5 days with a playoff spot on the line.
In the 6th inning, the script of this game had a wrinkle added to it: The Braves got a hit! Jason Heyward hit a double in this inning, and at that point, that was only the 2nd hit of the game for Atlanta. Of course, they did nothing with it because this was not the type of night where the Braves were going to have nice things (unless you were David Hale, who had a nice appearance in relief of Harang).
The bottom of the 6th was more of the same, even with James Russell in the game. The leadoff runner got on, was moved to 2nd via sacrifice bunt, and was eventually brought home thanks to, you guessed it: Donovan Solano. Solano went 4-5 on the night (after going 3-13 against the Mets during that entire series. Woof.), so it's clear that he's not done tormenting the Braves. Also, that pushed the Marlins Win Probability on the night to 99.9%, so that's where I'll stop giving you the blow-by-blow coverage because if this was a boxing match, the referee would've stopped it at this point via TKO.
Freddie Freeman hit a homer in the 7th inning to make sure the Braves avoided being shut out, and Jason Heyward and Andrelton Simmons both added RBIs in the 8th to give the Braves 3 runs on the night. However, these runs were inconsequential and had no bearing on the result. They did, however, serve as sort of a breakthrough for the Braves against Cosart, as Mark Bowman had the pleasure of tweeting out this sad stat:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Freeman is now 7-for-64 against the Marlins. Before Freeman's HR, Cosart had recorded 58 straight outs since last allowing a run vs. ATL</p>— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) <a href="https://twitter.com/mlbbowman/status/508057710567243776">September 6, 2014</a></blockquote>
By the time the smoke cleared, the game ended 11-3 in favor of Miami. The out-of-town scoreboard wasn't pleasant for the Braves, either. The Nationals continued to leave them in the dust, the Brewers are currently up by 4 on the Cardinals as I type this, and the Giants are currently beating the Tigers 6-0 in a game that's currently in a rain delay. This was an absolutely awful night for Atlanta, but they've got no choice but to leave it behind them. The stink of this loss cannot linger in that locker room for long, that's for sure.
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