The Atlanta Braves ran into a brick wall known as Patrick Corbin in Tuesday's 2-0 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field, but a strangely misplayed chopper turned double turned out to be the difference.
With a runner on first, Julio Teheran and Freddie Freeman both broke for a one-out chopper in no-man's land off the bat of Gerardo Parra in the third inning. Both backed off to allow the other to field the ball, and Dan Uggla, who was moving to cover first, slipped as he tried to switch directions to field the ball. The result was one of the weakest doubles in the history of baseball for Parra.
"I was going to spin and throw to second to try to get the forceout there," Freeman said on braves.com. "I saw Julio come in and put his glove up. So we both pulled back at the exact same time."
Didi Gregorious followed with a two-run single, which provided the entire offensive output for the whole gave and gave Teheran a tough-luck loss.
"It's a shame that Teheran gets the loss on a night that he pitched pretty well," Fredi Gonzalez said.
Teheran lost his first game of the year on seven innings and two runs, walking none. An easy argument can be made that was much more efficient than Corbin, who was effectively wild in his seven innings of shutout work. Corbin walked five and struck out five, but he also moved to 6-0 with a 1.52 ERA this season.
Corbin managed to pitch around Reed Johnson's double and Justin Upton's walk in the first, but he also induced three double plays. The most hurtful for the Braves came in the sixth, when Johnson drew a lead-off walk, only to be doubled up when Freeman lined out to Paul Goldschmidt.
The Braves got a hit from Andrelton Simmons, breaking an 0-for-21 slump for him, in the eighth and Freeman reached on an error in the ninth, giving the Braves a chance to take advantage of a Diamondbacks bullpen that has blown 11 saves this year. That was to no avail, as David Hernandez and Heath Bell combined for five strikeouts over the last two innings.
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