The Atlanta Braves offense had trouble getting going yet again as they dropped the series finale and their third straight to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. Although they chased Jonathan Sanchez after three innings, they still managed to waste several opportunities and lose 4-2 at PNC Park.
The Braves totaled six hits and one run in their two losses on Friday and Saturday and strung together eight hits, 15 baserunners and two runs Sunday. Their problem was that they stranded 10 runners and went 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
Atlanta used four straight singles to start the second inning to put themselves on the board. Chris Johnson and Reed Johnson started things before Gerald Laird and Andrelton Simmons each had RBI-singles. A sacrifice bunt by Kris Medlen put runners at second and third with two down, but B.J. Upton struck out to end the inning.
Lost in the mix is that while the Braves drew seven walks, they also struck out 13 times and have provided seven total runs in support of Kris Medlen all year.
Medlen ran into trouble in the bottom of the second when Russell Martin hit and an RBI-double and Clint Barmes tied the game with a single. Barmes, who entered with one hit in his last 16 at-bats, also tallied an RBI-infield hit on a dribbler up the middle in the sixth.
The Braves now head into Denver to face a red-hot Colorado Rockies team on Monday, though the weather there is bitterly cold.
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