The Atlanta Braves just wrapped up a phenomenal week with a loss to the Nationals. The Braves still won the series and had won seven-consecutive games heading into Sunday’s matchup.
Braves 7-Game Win Streak Snapped
Atlanta finished May with a series loss to the lowly Oakland Athletics, putting an apathetic period on a relatively mediocre month. Good news: The month wasn’t as bad as it seemed.
Evidently, the players must have been reading Braves’ Facebook and Twitter about how miserable they were in May (despite finishing with a winning record) and collectively decided to shut them up by coming out of the gates in June with a 7-1 record.
The streak included a joyous and satisfying three-game sweep of the Mets. The series with the Mets culminated with a broadcast that featured Jeff Francoeur, Chipper Jones, Tom Glavine, and John Smoltz in the broadcast booth.
I think we all believed that this high-profile contest would be a pitcher’s duel between Justin Verlander and Spencer Strider. We thought wrong. The fireworks exploded in this contest and other than the damage to Strider’s ERA, it was glorious.
It meant we got more time with the legends in the booth and you could feel the camaraderie. The broadcast came with fantastic chemistry, tons of highlights from the glory days, and plenty of ribbing. It’s one of those broadcasts you will want to go back and enjoy during the offseason.
The classic offensive bout ended with a walk-off three-run homer from Ozzie Albies.
The Braves took the first two games of the series against the Nats. They came into to Sunday with a chance at eight wins in a row. It seemed like a lock with ERA leader Bryce Elder taking the mound for Atlanta, but things didn’t go as planned.
Elder went 5.1 innings and was charged with five earned runs. His ERA bumped up to 2.69 on the season.
With today’s loss to the National’s, the Braves are now 7-2 to start the month of June. Atlanta is preparing for a three-game set in Detroit against the 26-37 Tigers. Charlie Morton will take the mound for the Braves with a 5-6 record and a 3.89 ERA.
The Tigers are still unsure as to who they will send to the mound but… does it really matter?