Sometimes Lady Luck shines on a team and sometimes she doesn’t.
The Braves entered the frame leading 3-1, but things fell apart rather quickly as Hudson ran into his first real trouble of the day when he walked Jason Kubel with one out and allowed Gerardo Parra to reach first base on an infield single to deep short.
A seeing-eye single by Didi Gregorius cut the deficit in half; a two-out, two-run double by Eric Chavez put the Diamondbacks up by one, and an RBI single by Cody Ross gave them a two-run cushion.
So why do I leave Arizona’s comeback up to nothing more than luck?
Well, the fact of the matter is that following the one-out walk, the next two batters just happened to hit the ball barely out of the reach of Atlanta’s middle infielders, which ended up snowballing into a big inning against the Braves’ no. 1 starter.
And with the way the Braves have struggled with runners on as of late, they never recovered, leaving seven on base from the sixth inning on, giving them a total of 12 runners left on base for the game.
But had Hudson not had a difficult fifth inning, the Braves may have pulled out the third game of the three-game series and won the set 2-1 instead of dropping two of three.
Unfortunately, as I said earlier, sometimes luck becomes involved in sports, be it good or bad. The positive thing is that the baseball gods often reward you later on. When a ball goes an inch one way or the other, takes a strange hop or the wind suddenly gusts and blows it fair or foul, more often than not, things end up evening themselves out one way or the other.
Just look at the Braves’ season. After getting off to a hot start, they are now back down around the .500 mark. While they were once bashing the ball out of the park at a high rate, they are now having a hard time scoring runs at all.
Chris Johnson was once MLB‘s leading hitter, but not anymore. Paul Maholm once had the league’s best ERA, but not anymore. Atlanta once had a pretty sizable lead over the Washington Nationals in the National League East, but not anymore.
That’s just the way things go. Sometimes the breaks go your way and sometimes they don’t. In the fifth inning on Wednesday, all the luck seemed to go Arizona’s way.
Hopefully next time the luck will be on the Braves’ side.