If you didn’t stay up until 1 a.m. to watch Bartolo Colon and the Braves take on the Padres, don’t worry — you didn’t miss very much. They lost by a score of 7-4.
Bartolo walked two of the first four batters he faced, and then a two-run double dropped down the left field line to give San Diego an early 2-0 lead. The ball probably should’ve been caught by Matt Kemp — and Colon had the batter before struck out on a check-swing strike three that wasn't called correctly — but nevertheless the Braves were already in a hole.
San Diego added on two more runs in the third and fourth innings to make it 6-0.
While the Braves haven’t officially announced it, all signs point to this being the end of the Bartolo Colon era in Atlanta.
The offense came to life in the sixth inning with four runs. Matt Kemp hit a two-run single to get out of his San Diego funk. Tyler Flowers was hit by a pitch* to plate another run, and then Lane Adams beat out a grounder to score the 4th run of the inning. That was all the scoring the Braves would do on Wednesday night.
*Flowers had a massive welt on his forearm after being hit by the pitch. He didn't immediately leave the game, but he was replaced the Kurt Suzuki the following inning. It didn’t appear to be too serious when it happened. Let’s all hope nothing is broken.
The Padres added on an insurance run against Sam Freeman in the 7th inning.
The Braves went down 1-2-3 in the ninth as they fell to 37-40 on the season. This is the second time in the last week the club had a shot to get within a game of .500 and ended up losing.
Jaime Garcia will go to the mound on Thursday night with hopes of winning the series. First pitch is scheduled for 9:10 p.m. ET. The Padres will counter with Dinnelson Lamet, who has huge strikeout numbers (12.60 K/9!) but has been pounded by homers and features a 6.60 ERA and 5.01 FIP through six starts.