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It's October, Which Means Pain and Suffering Are Back for the Atlanta Braves


That was just the classic Atlanta Braves Postseason game. The Braves started Game 1 with back-to-back walks, which led to having men on first and third with nobody out. Unfortunately, that was about as good as the offense got for most of the night. Ozzie Albies grounded a ball to first that turned into a 3-2 double play and Corbin Burnes escaped the jam with no damage. He would not allow a run in six innings.

Rowdy Tellez provided all the offense Milwaukee would need with a two-run homer in the seventh inning after Brian Snitker left Charlie Morton — who matched Burnes pitch for pitch through six innings — in for one frame too long.

You knew as soon as Morton went out there for the seventh that something bad was imminent. And of course the offense which has looked so lethal for months now got the first two men of the game on base, didn't score a run and then did next to nothing for the next eight innings. Atlanta got exactly what it needed from Morton through six to match Burnes and just did nothing with it.

Joc Pederson put Atlanta's lone run on the board with a pinch hit home run in the eighth inning and the Braves got two men on in the ninth, but it was too little, too late. They made it just interesting enough to rip your heart out and stomp on it all over again.

October pain and suffering are very much back. I'll see everyone back here at 5:07 ET tomorrow for the second installment of Pain: The Series.