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Cardinals Vs. Braves: Fredi Gonzalez Talks Struggles, Pitching After Monday Loss

After eight straight losses the Atlanta Braves are searching for answers however, there isn't a clear cut solution to their problems. For the last week Atlanta has struggled in nearly every facet of the game but manager Fredi Gonzalez said after Monday's loss that it starts with on the mound with pitching.

"I think starting pitching sets the tone. I thought getting out of the bases loaded jam with no outs facing the middle of the order, I thought it was going to give us a boost, give Tommy a boost to keep going. He got into another jam in the second and got out of it. Maybe he just tired out. I don't want to give anybody any excuses and just couldn't overcome those two high-pitch innings, and we got behind the eight-ball."

The offense is certainly feeling the pressure with Chipper Jones, Freddie Freeman and Brian McCann who returned to the lineup on Monday. The offensive struggles have put pressure on the pitching staff to not make a mistake which has led to everyone trying to do just a little too much.

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