The Braves could only scrape together two hits in their series opener with the Marlins at Sun Life Stadium, but it was enough to pull off the win, and keep the Fish in their current tailspin also referred to as a six-game losing streak.
We've got to hand it to the rookie lefty who made his first Big League start on Tuesday. The kid really handled Atlanta, allowing only one run on one hit through six innings. Too bad the Marlins couldn't support him with a single run, and he was handed the loss.
OK, enough with the name jokes. They're getting really out of hand... (last one, I promise.)
The one run that Brad Hand allowed in his Major League debut was a solo home run to Alex Gonzalez in the fourth inning. He struck out six, walked one, and did about everything the Marlins could have hoped for in his first start on the Big Stage.
Good job, Brad Hand. Uh, bad job, everybody else. Except the bullpen, which held the Braves to only one hit in their three innings of work. And Chris Coghlan, who was 1-for-2 with a double and three walks. But pretty much everyone else: boo.
Tommy Hanson gave up two hits and walked five in his six innings of work, but the Marlins couldn't put anything together, and were shut out to open the series.
The Fish are now just three tiny games over .500, and are in third place behind the Braves in the NL East.
This is not fun to watch. Unless you're a Braves fan.