Horrifying. The Braves kept it close for awhile — actually leading from the bottom of the third to the top of the fifth, 3-2 — but the bullpen couldn’t maintain that, giving up six runs in the top of the ninth to blow it open. Chris Reitsma — who, incredibly, is the only reliever I trust right now — pitched a perfect eighth. But Bernero gave up a solo homer in the seventh to Jose Guillen, who also hit a two-run homer off of Roman Lower Intestine to start the scoring in the ninth. T*m M*rt*n and K*v*n Gr*b*sk* also stunk up the joint in that inning; each pitcher got only one out and Gr*b*sk* was the only one to give up less than one run.
John Thomson got the loss — he didn’t pitch too badly, but did allow four runs, which was probably one too many. The big concern was that he walked four; he can’t do that and remain successful.
As usual, it’s probably all Andruw’s fault, even though he was 2-3 with two walks and scored a run. Chipper was 2-4 with a walk, scored twice and drove one in. Estrada also had two hits. But Furcal contineues to struggle, and Raul Mondesi left six runners on base, four in scoring position, all with two out, on his way to going 0-4 with two strikeouts. Offensively, a dead man couldn’t do much worse. Langerhans started for Jordan and had a hit and an (intentional) walk; maybe he’ll play for Mondesi on Friday.
That will be against the Phillies, who still can’t beat the Marlins. Well, they won the first game of their series but lost the next two; the Marlins join the Nats in tying the Braves for first. Horacio Ramirez will start against Gavin Floyd to kick off the series. The first two games will be on TBS with the last an ESPN Sunday Night game.