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Lucas Sims gets crushed as Braves fall to Cardinals

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Braves toed the rubber with the Cardinals today, but the Braves B team couldn’t stand up against the Cardinals A team.

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Outside of Albies and Swanson, the Braves mostly brought their B or even C lineup with them against the Cardinals, who brought their main squad. This was a sloppy game for the Braves.

Lucas Sims got the start vs. journeyman Miles Mikolas, and it was an eventful game to say the least. Sims promptly walked the lead-off batter, Dexter Fowler, followed by walking Chris Carpenter before giving up a 3-run home run to Marcell Ozuna. 3-0 Cardinals after a half inning of play.

Braves responded with Ezequiel Carrera connecting on an RBI single. Cardinals on top 3-1 after 1.

The wheels continued to fall off for Sims and the Braves in the 2nd, but feels like he got BABIP’d to death despite the walks. Nothing was hit hard in the inning and fielding errors made things worse. Here’s a breakdown of what happened.

  • Lead-off walk
  • Bunt single (Didn’t see the play, but likely a sacrifice that went for a single, so was that on Ruiz?)
  • Fielding error by pitcher on sac bunt leading to bases loaded and no outs
  • Fielder’s choice (run scored, 4-1)
  • Walk to load the bases again
  • Single scoring two & fielding error by Culberson leads to runner advancing to 3rd (6-1)
  • Sac Fly (fielding error came back to hurt, now 7-1)

Sims ended up giving up another home run in the 3rd making it 8-1. His final stat line was 3IP, 4H, 8R, 6ER, 4BB, 1K, 2 homer runs allowed, and his ERA is now sitting at 10.13. Expect him to get sent to minor league camp following the game.

Meanwhile, Miles Mikolas made short work of the Braves for the most part going 6 innings, giving up a couple of runs and striking out 5.

Braves bats fell asleep until the 6th inning when Albies scored Curcio, who had just reached on a triple. That was just the 2nd run of the game and the Braves trailed 8-2.

After Sims left, every Braves pitcher that came into the game pitched well and didn’t give up a run. Shane Carle came in and pitched 2 innings giving up no hits or walks. Aaron Blair followed up with 1.2 innings but struggled with control walking 2 and striking out 2. <s>In the end,</s> Dan Winkler had to come in and strike the last batter out to get out of the inning unscathed. Finally, Rex Brothers struck 2 batters out in his lone inning of work.

The Braves ended up going out quietly in the 9th inning, losing by the final score of 8-2.