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Diamondbacks 1, Braves 8: Archie Pitches Badly

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Archie Bradley's post-DL woes continued, and Alex Wood shut the D-Backs down for a loss in the series opener against Atlanta

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So the good news, this game didn't last 17 innings, which is good because I only got three hours of sleep last night. The bad news? Just about everything else. Archie Bradley took on Alex Wood in this game, and it did not go well. Unless you're a Braves fan, in which case it went really well, except you should be reading the recap at talkingchop.com, the Atlanta Braves SB Nation site.

Bradley's inauspicious performance since returning from the DL continued in the top of the 2nd. Despite getting double plays in the first two innings, Bradley allowed a two-out, two-run single to Atlanta pitcher Alex Wood to make it 2-0 Atlanta. He loaded the bases again and allowed an RBI to Andrelton Simmons to make it 3-0. Freddie Freeman came up to possibly put a huge dent in the lead, but he grounded out. Freeman didn't miss his next opportunity in the 5th with a two-run shot to make it 5-0 Barves. Bradley was lifted for a pinch hitter the next half inning, causing further (justified) hand-wringing in these circles.

The Diamondbacks added their first run in the bottom of the 5th on a sacrifice fly by Ender Inciarte. Leading up to that was a play where (Ctrl-V) Jarrod Saltalamacchia was caught in a rundown, but the Braves... failed somehow. However, on the sac fly, Yasmany Tomas, who had pinch hit for Bradley, thought he could tag up from first to second, which I don't think is something that even Rickey Henderson would try very much, and was thrown out by about 500 or so feet.

Atlanta tacked on more against a pitcher not named Bradley, specifically Oliver Perez. A hit by pitch, sac bunt, stolen base, and double lead to the score becoming 6-1. Freeman continued his "destroyed of worlds" schtick with an RBI single to make it 7-1. The Braves added one more RBI single for fun off of Randall Delgado in the 8th from the bat of the recently acquired Juan Uribe to make it 8-1.

To add insult to injury, Trevor Cahill finished the game for Atlanta.

Source: FanGraphs

Outkast: Tomas, +3.4%
Chipper Jones' Social Media Presence: Bradley (-23.4%)

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Nothing really stood out for COTN in the thread. It's a metaphor for this game.

On the one hand, there's another game tomorrow and the team could bounce back, on the other, Shelby Miller, who has been very good, goes against Josh Collmenter, who hasn't been, in the pitching matchup. So, you know, that's a thing.