LOS ANGELES – When the Braves failed to score in Saturday’s 4-0 loss to the Dodgers, it marked the third time they were shut out in a five-game stretch.
That nearly doubled the Braves’ season total to seven times they’ve been shut out, second-most in the majors before Sunday to the Padres’ 10 shutouts. The Braves and Padres start a three-game series Monday in San Diego, where the Braves have a 10-game losing streak going back to August 2012.
The Braves scored seven runs in that 1-4 stretch before Sunday, and they’d batted .154 with 15 runs and one homer in their past seven games, totaling seven hits or fewer in each.
They were last in the majors in most offensive categories before Sunday including runs (168), home runs (22; less than half of the next-lowest total), batting average (.225), slugging percentage (.310; 51 points below the next-lowest) and OPS (.602; 46 points below the next-lowest).