Castilla wasn’t alone, of course. Rafael Furcal was 0-5, as well. And Gary Sheffield, despite a good offensive day, made a key misplay leading to a Dodgers rally. But Castilla not only went 0-5, he stranded seven baserunners, committed an error that led to two unearned runs, and grounded into a double play to end the game. I put it to you that if he were being paid by the Dodgers he couldn’t have hurt the Braves’ cause more. That the Braves’ leadership continues to insist that this waste of protein is a valuable ballplayer calls into question not only their baseball judgment but their very sanity.
Tom Glavine got the loss, 4-3. The Braves fell behind early (Shawn Green is evil, by the way — he just kills us) but came back to lead 3-2 before Sheffield’s misplay of a fly ball opened the floodgates. The Braves played without Andruw again (he is resting his shoulder for now — he will probably play through the injury but will need surgery in the offseason) and the outfield just isn’t the same without him.
At least Mike Remlinger is back from the DL. Kevin Gryboski was sent to AAA. Assuming there’s no strike (really, a week off would be great right now, but I don’t think there will be a strike), he’ll probably be back Sept. 3 when he’s eligible.
The Braves will try to salvage one win in the series with Damian Moss going tomorrow night. Then they head to Pittsburgh, which I guess is good news.