Atlanta Braves: Pitching Struggles Continue in Another Loss to Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays beat the Atlanta Braves for the second night in a row on Tuesday, this time with the score being 5-2.

The Atlanta Braves offense has gone cold since the big party Sunday night against the New York Mets. The strikeouts continue to be a problem as the Rays hung another dozen on the Atlanta Braves Tuesday night.

The story will be the lackluster Atlanta Braves starting pitching though, especially following the news on Monday night where the Atlanta Braves designated Mike Foltynewicz for assignment.

Tuesday night’s starter Kyle Wright was electric and spot-on for the first two innings Tuesday and was pounding the strike zone throwing 20 pitches across the two frames with 17 being in the zone.

Then the third inning came….

Just like the fourth inning Monday, things quickly unraveled in the third for the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday. Give credit to the Rays for being patient and finding holes with the balls they put in play. All five runs they put on the board Tuesday came in the third frame.

Perhaps we should have known we were in a tad bit of trouble when the Atlanta Braves had the bases loaded and were only able to knock across 1 run in the top half of the third and that came with two strikes and two outs.

Let’s go ahead and knock out all the bad news before we close on a high note though.

Freddie Freeman, still recently getting over Covid-19 issues, was 0-4 with four strikeouts on the night. That was the first time that’s happened in over three years.

It’s obvious that Freddie needed more time before the season started, but obviously with all the weird procedures this year, that was a luxury not available for him or the Atlanta Braves.

Let’s finish with the positives to try and take away.

First, Ronald Acuna looked more locked in and knocked a ball hard out to right field to begin the game. Slowly but surely, he looks to be getting there.

Secondly, the bullpen was pretty good tonight as Josh Tomlin did what he has done since becoming a Brave and that is cleaning up someones mess. Tyler Matzek, Shane Greene, and Luke Jackson also all threw scoreless frames.

I would advise no one to panic yet. I know its only five games, and five games is a lot more important this year than any other year, but with the expanded playoffs, everything will be fine and hopefully the Atlanta Braves will be hot come October.

The same two teams are flying back to Atlanta now and will open up the home portion of the Atlanta Braves 2020 season on Wednesday when Mike Soroka and Charlie Morton are the scheduled pitchers.

Hopefully our ace will show up again.