Being swept by the Miami Marlins isn't exactly optimal, but that is where the Atlanta Braves are right now.
After back-to-back losses to begin the series, the Braves never led on getaway day, falling behind 2-0 in the first and suffering a 9-5 defeat in Miami. Justin Bour began the night with a two-run home run against Shelby Miller, who didn't exactly have his best stuff. Miller continued his (incredibly) long streak of winless starts by allowing seven runs (four earned) through 5.1 innings of work, and the offense wasn't quite good enough to sustain that uneven performance.
The Braves did respond with two runs in the second inning to knot the score at 2-2, but after the two teams traded runs in the third (Miami) and fifth (Atlanta) innings, the Marlins broke things open with four unanswered to run Miller from the game. Later, Bour (again) and Marcell Ozuna went deep against Dan Winkler in the seventh, and only a Nick Swisher home run in the eighth inning showed any promise of a comeback from Atlanta.
In total, the Marlins scored 27 (yes, 27) runs in a three-game span, and that isn't exactly a positive recipe for the opposition. The Braves are, quite clearly, searching for the end of the season at this point, but it is never fun to endure this type of beating at the hands of a mediocre opponent, and that is the lasting image from this one.
With just six games remaining on the slate, the Braves will have the day off on Monday before returning home to play the Washington Nationals on Tuesday. As always, stay tuned.