The only noise at Turner Field, aside from a solo homer by Bautista, was a booming thunderstorm an hour after the Blue Jays bats had been packed and put on the truck for Hartsfield Airport, which was not named after Roy Hartsfield, the original Jays manager and certainly will not be re-named after any exploits by Jays hitters this week.
The Braves beat the Jays 5-1 Wednesday afternoon in front of 23,152 fans to sweep the three-game series.
One run in a loss to the Cincinnati Reds Sunday. Zero runs Monday. One run Tuesday and one run Wednesday.
“And we didn’t even see their best in Derek Lowe and Jair Jurrjens,” said Adam Lind. “That is a good pitching staff.”
Most sweeps are a combination of events, likely excellent pitching by the Braves and woeful efforts at the plate by the Jays.
Maybe it’s time someone else stepped up, besides Bautista or Lind.
Oh, sorry, Ricky Romero already beat us to the punch with that.
“I think the comments have been blown way out of proportion,” manager John Farrell said. “We have a pitcher who makes a comment after an outing, a well-pitched game, a real tough loss, and now three days later, we’re still talking about it. It’s gone too far.”
Romero asked for more offensive help after his 2-0 loss Monday, tweeted Tuesday he did not call out his teammates, met with Farrell and spoke to the team to explain his comments.
His accurate statements have fallen upon deaf bats.
How bad are the bats
The Jays were hitless in eight at-bats with men in scoring position, with Lind and J.P. Arencibia leading the way with two apiece ... For the three-game series: the Jays hit .053 (1-for-19, a two-out single by Lind) with runners in scoring position ... Over-all the Jays hit .138 (13-for-94), with 32 strikeouts against the Braves, none of them named Smoltz, Glavine or Maddux ... In the previous four games the Jays hit .050 (1-for-20) with men in scoring position and .144 (18-for-125) with 37 whiffs ... Braves starters Tim Hudson, Mike Minor and Brandon Beachy held the Jays to two runs in 21 innings, an 0.86 ERA fanning 27, walking four ... For Hudson it was his 171st win, it was Minor’s first and Beachey’s second. Minor was sent to triple-A Gwinnett after his start — see, he should not have allowed that two-out single to Lind ... Beachey was returning from his rehab start June 16 when he fanned eight Durham Bulls in five innings. When he whiffed Corey Patterson Wednesday ending the fifth it was his 10th K of the afternoon. Does that mean that the Bulls, with former Jays No. 1 pick Felipe Lopez hitting fifth, are tougher than the Jays lineup? For Beechey it was a career-high strikeout game, in his 13th start ... Braves relievers did not allow a run in six innings, giving up two hits, walking two and fanning five ... “The numbers don’t lie,” Farrell said, “neither do the numbers from the first 66 games.” The Jays were fourth in runs scored heading into the trip ... Bautista and Lind have driven in 13 of the Jays last 22 runs ... The Jays head to St. Louis with Aaron Hill batting .143 (3-for-21) and Corey Patterson .095 (2-for-21).
Back to the game
Jo-Jo Reyes said going against his former Braves teammates was like facing any other team, “although it felt a little weird walking in here on Monday, going to the other clubhouse,” Reyes said. He was tagged for a two-run homer by Dan Uggla with none out in the second for a 2-0 Braves lead and Brian McCann hit a two-run homer in the third giving the Braves a 4-1 lead. Reyes pitched 5 1/3 allowing five hits and four runs ... Bautista showed his talents in the seventh with Jon Rauch on the mound as he had back-to-back chances at the wall in right. The first plunked off the top of the fence, he recovered and threw out pinch hitter Brooks Conrad at third. After a 42-second review the play was overturned into a home run by plate ump Chad Fairchild. Five pitches later Jordan Schafer hit one farther, but Bautista leapt over the wall to steal a homer. “On the first one I hit my shoulder against the wall, I knew it was a homer, when it came onto the field, might as well give it a shot and we threw him out. The other one, since I bumped the wall earlier, I knew I had to jump a little higher. It’s fun making those plays, but we’re trying to win.” ... The Jays have not beaten the Braves in Atlanta since Dave Winfield’s ground ball down the third base — oh wait a second, the Jays beat the Braves 3-2 June 22, 2006 when the redoubtable Ty Taubenheim picked up his only major-league win, working in relief of A.J. Burnett. The Jays swept the series with Scott Schoeneweis winning in relief of Josh Towers in the opener and Ted Lilly winning the second ... Years ago covering the Montreal Expos Woody Fryman said that the worst thing to happen in a clubhouse is for pitchers to snipe at hitters about a lack of support or vice versa and years later one afternoon at Fenway Park Dave Stewart said the same thing ... And speaking of the Expos, our pal Jonah Keri, a native Montrealer, has been commissioned to write the official history of the Montreal Expos, now those guys could hit.