THOMASVILLE — It's only three games. In fact, it's only three games in April. In the span of 162 games, it's a mere blip on a very large radar.
But in a three-game series to open the season against a Philadelphia Phillies squad projected to be near the bottom of the National League East Division, the Atlanta Braves managed just three runs and 12 hits, while reigning Most Valuable Player Freddie Freeman failed to record a hit in nine at-bats.
Despite the struggles against pitchers Aaron Nola, Zack Wheeler and Zach Eflin, Braves manager Brian Snitker is confident the team will rebound, hopefully, starting on Tuesday following Monday's cancellation against the Washington Nationals.
“We're going to go through this again. We'll go through this again in July, probably in August. We faced good pitching,” Snitker said. “I would rather play a team like us early than when the weather gets hot and these guys get going and get at-bats. I'm going to trust the consistency and past performance of these guys. They're going to hit. They're not going to not hit.
“It's three games in April. They're going to hit. I'm more happy with the pitching, the bullpen did a great job.”
Braves catcher Travis d'Arnaud accounted for the team's only run on Sunday with a solo homer. He finished 3-for-11 in the series.
“It's baseball. Obviously, we would have wanted to sweep these guys,” d’artaud said. “Our pitching did great. But it's one of those things where those guys get paid to get us out too. They did a tremendous job of executing pitches. You just run into these games throughout a 162-game season where the pitchers on the other side are executing. We were able to do that, too. It's just part of baseball that their batted balls were finding holes. There's nothing you can do but tip the cap and try to get the next guy out.
“As far as from an offensive standpoint, I'm sure we'll talk, communicate, tell each other what we saw and try to fix as quick as possible.”
Monday's game was canceled because of a COVID-19 outbreak among Washington's players.