ANAHEIM -- There wasn't much Braves manager Brian Snitker had to say about his club's nine-run unraveling in the third inning of their 9-3 loss to the Angels on Tuesday night.It was simply bizarre."I don't know if I've witnessed anything like that," said Snitker, "and I've been at all the
ANAHEIM -- There wasn't much Braves manager Brian Snitker had to say about his club's nine-run unraveling in the third inning of their 9-3 loss to the Angels on Tuesday night.
It was simply bizarre.
"I don't know if I've witnessed anything like that," said Snitker, "and I've been at all the levels."
The Braves were undone just when it appeared they had everything under control. In the top of the third inning, Matt Kemp launched a two-run homer off first-time starter Parker Bridwell, giving Atlanta a 2-0 lead.
"I liked the way it started out," Snitker said. "Bartolo [Colon] was throwing good. He was kind of looking like his old self there, and then it just kind of all went south."
Indeed it did. Los Angeles tallied six hits, and the Braves committed three errors and three other defensive miscues that were ruled fielder's choices resulted in nine total runs.
An error by Braves second baseman Jace Peterson stifled an inning-ending double-play opportunity, and set the table for Jose Pujols' one-out, three-run blast off Colon -- the 599th of his career -- to begin the scoring run.
Peterson's error would have ended the inning after just seven pitches. Colon and shortstop Dansby Swanson later each committed an error leading to a run, as well.
"It bothers you because this is the Major Leagues," Snitker said. "That shouldn't happen. The one thing that these guys should be able to do is make plays, and we didn't. And it was a lot of people not making plays."
Arguably the most puzzling miscue occurred when first baseman Matt Adams fielded a Ben Revere ground ball away from the bag, but didn't attempt to make a play at home or first base, allowing Revere to safely reach while scoring Luis Valbuena, giving the Angels a 4-2 lead.
"I don't know if he kept bobbling it or what," Snitker said of the sequence. "He had a play at home and then he got the ball, and then everything shut down trying to get the out at first, even."
Revere's RBI fielder's choice was just one of four defensive miscues of its kind; Colon, Peterson and Swanson each permitted a run in similar fashion.
Ultimately, seven of the runs plated against Colon, who was replaced after 2 1/3 innings, were unearned. Tuesday marked the first time seven unearned runs were plated off one pitcher during an Interleague contest. However, it also signaled the second time in Colon's career seven unearned runs were scored against him (May 21, 2009), establishing he and Tim Wakefield as the only two pitchers to endure multiple outings in which that's occurred.
The 44-year-old Colon said through a translator that he wouldn't describe the inning as the oddest he's endured, but summed it up as "just a weird inning for all of us. I wouldn't even be able to tell you how to explain it."
Snitker did his best, but still in disbelief, had nothing much more to offer.
"It's hard to explain," he said. "I've never seen anything like that."
Kaelen Jones is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Braves on Tuesday.