The Braves scored 15 runs tonight, all in three innings, beating the White Sox 15-2. The only runs for Chicago came on solo homers by Paul Konerko after the game wasn’t seriously in doubt. Damian Moss had a typical outing for him, with near-unhittability combined with bouts of wildness; six innings, two hits (including one of Konerko’s homers), five strikeouts, but five walks. He’s a very interesting pitcher.
Ten Braves had hits; all the starters except Andruw, plus reserves Bragg, Garcia, and Helms. Andruw is scuffling a little; he’s hitless for the series and has dropped to .285 for the year. His last out came on one of those outside sliders he hasn’t been swinging at lately… The Braves have now won eight series in a row since splitting a two-game clash with the Expos May 21-22. The last series they lost was against the Dodgers, May 7-9.
Albie Lopez is so bad that the Braves are afraid to use him for more than one inning, even with a big lead. They used Holmes to pitch the seventh with a six run lead and Ligtenberg to pitch the eighth with a ten run lead. Not until there was only one inning left, and the lead was thirteen, was Albie allowed to risk pitching. He now only pitches in the sorts of situations where other teams would use a position player.
I never know what to say about something like Darryl Kile’s passing. All my best wishes to his family. I’ll always remember him pitching for the Astros against the Braves in the 1997 Division Series, matching Greg Maddux pitch for pitch, but taking the loss.
Michael McHenry has the best analysis of the Lombard trade I’ve seen.