Well, here we go again. A four-hit shutout at the hands of a rookie. Byrd pitched pretty well for six innings, keeping them in the game with two runs allowed, but was lifted (having gone over 100 pitches) with one out in the seventh for the newly called up McConnell. The latter showed himself to be a fine replacement for Almanza, allowing one inherited run and one of his own. Then Gryboski allowed a run, because that’s what he does. Remember that low ERA he had? It’s now at 3.47.
All the hits were by Drew and Julio. But with two on, nobody out in the fourth, when the Braves had their one real scoring possibility, Julio didn’t get a hit, and Andruw hit into the first of his two double plays.
Charles Thomas got his first career start, but of course didn’t get a hit. Hessman started at first (Julio DHed) and was what you’d expect. There’s no call for him being on the roster.