May 1, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; A plaque is seen on a base prior to a game between the Atlanta Braves and the Miami Marlins at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves Fans In Shock After Brooms Sweep Them

Feeling decent about the 2014 season, the Atlanta Braves headed down to Miami for a weekday series with the Miami Marlins.  The Braves went into the series with a 17-7 win/loss record with the Marlins sitting at 11-14.

Dominating the Marlins since pretty much 1997, I believe we all thought the Braves would win this series and possible break out the brooms.

Well, the brooms were brought out but for all the wrong reasons.

Tuesday night – 9-0 Marlins

Wednesday night – 9-3 Marlins

Thursday night – 5-4 Marlins

This is the first sweep of the Braves by the Marlins since April 2009.  Prior to that, the Marlins swept the Braves in June 2006 and before that October 2005.  The point I’m trying to make is that this doesn’t happen very frequently.

Positives of the game tonight…B.J. Upton hit a home run?  Chris Johnson went 3-3 after his three year contract was announced.

May 1, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Ian Thomas (left) is taken out of the game by manager Fredi Gonzalez (right) during the seventh inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Ian Thomas picked up the loss for the game tonight after giving up two runs off two hits in the bottom of the 7th inning.  Reed Johnson hits a blooper to left field followed by a soft hit by Christian Yelich to left and the Marlins were in business.  Giancarlo Stanton singled on a ball he put between Freeman and Uggla after the Braves put the shift on to score Johnson.  Then Casey McGehee singled to right scoring Yelich.

Thomas was pulled prior to Stanton’s at-bat but the runs still counted on his box score.  Though two soft hits, they were deadly.

“They are going to get their hits, we are going to get ours,” Thomas said after the game.  “I just have to stay ahead and I feel behind with a couple guys.  Coming in with a 3-2 count, they will swing at the ball to put it in play.  That’s what they get paid for”.

Johnson’s was an eight pitch at-bat with a 3-2 count and ended with a single to left.

The Braves loaded the bases in the 8th inning when trailing but weren’t able to score any runs.

“We had some opportunities, I like how these guys battled in the 8th inning but now we go out tomorrow,” Manager Fredi Gonzalez said.  “We’ll fly home, play tomorrow and end this losing streak.”

Well lets hope so…the Braves take on the Giants at Turner Field this weekend.  Mike Minor takes the ball for the Braves for the first time in 2014.  He will go up against Tim Lincecum for the Giants.

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  • fireboss

    I see all these folks saying the Marlins are awful and should be stomped on and wonder if they watch baseball at all. The Marlins rotation is solid and their lineup is just a player or two at most away from making them a contending team They don’t travel well but neither did the Braves last year. This whole charade about stealing signs is hilarious. Maybe, just maybe, the Fish looked at the game videos from last week then read scouting reports and created a game plan that worked. Stunning, new age idea I know but look at the way they used their closer in the game saving situation. Such forward thinking eludes Fredi. Having said that this lineup needs contact hitters to compliment the power guys. Uggla has to go and in spite of hitting a cookie last night BJ hasn’t convinced me he’s swinging any better than before – blind squirrel nut syndrome.

    • Jeff Schafer

      Yeah, BJ pimped his homer like he hit it out of the park…it barley cleared the fence

      I’d beg to differ on the Marlins lineup tho…yes they hit well in this series but I don’t think they can sustain.

      Their rotation has an unreal front of the order guy followed by mediocre pitching.

      • fireboss

        They have 3 starters with ERA under 3 and one just over. Their outfield are all on base at .340 or better, two are slugging over 400 and the third is Yellich who’s a genuine hitter and a fine leadoff man. They catch the ball and have plus defenders at 4 positions and finally a catcher who while not gold glove is above average. They are solid up the middle and on the flanks in the outfield. Their lineup weaknesses are 1st and 3rd. MaGehee is likely to fade and Jones has been less that consistent. The back of the rotation is questionable and so is the middle of the bullpen. The ability of the bench to step in if they get hit with injuries is also a question. But hypothetically slip a guy like Morales in at first and allow McGehee to have a consistent year and suddenly the lineup solidifies.

        It;s true they don’t travel well and they have to figure that out – we didn’t all last year – and give them a 500 road record. That looks like a contender to me. They won’t win it this year bvut anyone who thinks they can go to Miami and relax will have a sad awakening.

        • Jeff Schafer

          I think the Braves got that memo over the weekend. I’m still blaming that off day in Miami. Sunburnt, beer and women are probably not the best combination to go play baseball the next few days….unlucky fellas

          • fireboss

            They got their butt handed to them by the best right handed pitcher in the league (no shame in that), Eovaldi proved he was pretty good as well and then they couldn’t hold a lead after Alvarez gave it to them nor could they get the runners in when they had the chance. They weren’t unlucky, they were out-played and Fredi was out managed.

          • Jeff Schafer

            I can’t blame this season on Fredi. He stands in the dugout, the players play on the field. He didn’t make a call that determined the series so he’s not a scapegoat in this series

          • fireboss

            I wasn’t scapegoating him simply said Redmond out managed him. The players play but the manager is supposed to make decisions that give them a chance to win. Worrying about a fantasy signal stealer can only distract from the job.

          • Jeff Schafer

            True but i think the media is pushing this signal calling thing. Im one of the first to blame Fredi but nothing in this series was caused by him. The offense just didn’thit and the pitching left eeverything up