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The Braves lost Game 2 to the Washington Nationals in comeback fashion, 8-5.
At the end of the 4th inning, it was 5-2 Braves. Braves starter Josh Tomlin was cruising along, only throwing 51 pitches. But Tomlin wouldn’t emerge from the dugout again for the rest of the night. Matzek relieved Tomlin for the 5th, but he would only last for one out in the inning while surrendering four earned runs & the lead. Matzek has been solid so far this season, but everybody is entitled to a bad night at the office.
The question is, why did Snitker pull Tomlin when the heart of the Nationals lineup was coming up to bat, when he had held the entire lineup to 2 runs?
Even after the Braves lost the lead in the 5th inning, they had plenty of opportunities to regain the lead. The Bravos were 3 for 13 with runners in scoring position & left 11 runners on base, many times those runners made it to scoring position with less than 2 outs.
So is Snitker to blame for seemingly mismanaging the pitching staff (a common question among Braves fans)? Or is it our lineup, who have been uncharacteristically underwhelming with runners on base & in scoring position?
AND WHERE IS PACHE?