The Braves have the worst error record in the Major Leagues since the all star break. That's just a fact. It has cost them more games than I care to remember. Last night, fielding errors along with a bad base running call by the umpire, cost them game 1 of a playoff series.
The Braves had 2 scored errors in the game and in reality, had 3 counting Infante's error at 3rd that should have been scored an error and wasn't. All of these errors led to base runners. One of those base runners, who we will get to in a moment, scored the ONLY run scored by either team in this game. It was a classic pitchers duel with Tin Lincecum for the Giants striking out 14 and Derek Lowe giving the Braves 5 solid innings along with a great performance by the Braves bull pen. The problem though, for the Braves, came down to errors.
The one thing I had feared would happen to the Braves did. Their penchant for fielding errors came back to bite them. They just appear to not keep their eye on the ball at all times. The one axiom I have learned in watching baseball for most of my life is that errors equal runs. It's just as simple as that. If you're going to make errors in the field, you are more than likely going to lose the game.
In a pitching duel, every base runner counts because 1 run may be all the teams can muster against great pitching. That one run may be the only thing standing between winning and losing. And so it was last night. It was helped of course by the bad call made by the umpire at 2nd base calling Buster Posey of the Giants safe when on replay he was clearly - and I mean clearly - out. Posey later crossed home plate to score the Giants ONLY run and the single run of the entire game.
Of course, you can't blame the game on that call. The Braves had their chances to score leaving 3 men on base and going 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position. Add that to the errors, the fact that Lincecum struck out 14, and throw in the bad call and well you lose by 1 run.
It may give those who want expanded replay added to the game even more fuel to add to their fire. Even as a Braves fan, I am not for this. I think it would be too detrimental to the flow and time of game play for what it would give. Hard to say as it could have made a difference for the Braves last night. But that is neither here nor there as the replay has no bearing in this game right now. Errors equal runs and errors lose ball games - something the Braves know all too well.