Jorge Sosa allowed just two hits and hit a home run, walked just three, and he lost. This game isn’t designed to break your heart, it’s designed to drive you nuts.
In the third, Jordan, still at first with LaRoche still hurting, made an error on a Vinny groundout. After an out, a sacrifice, and a walk, Vinny came home on a single to make it 1-0. Sosa hit a long homer in the sixth to make it 1-1.
Then the seventh. Piazza walked, and was run for. With one out, Sosa gave up his only other hit, putting runners at first and second. He walked Vinny — really the only unforgivable mistake, and the Braves thought he had the strikeout — to load the bases.
Bobby came in with Paronto to get out of the jam. And he did, getting a tailor-made double play ball to Chipper. It was a little hard, but a play really should have been made. Instead, Chipper booted it. If he’d just kept the ball right in front of him, he still could have thrown home to cut down the runner, but it got so far away he couldn’t get anybody. Remlinger came in to strike out the next two guys, and Ray pitched a perfect eighth, but the Braves didn’t seriously threaten, though Renteria did get a hit off of Hoffman.
The Braves had just six hits, and didn’t draw a walk. Andruw had a double, the only other extra-base hit of the night. McCann did pinch-hit in the eighth, but didn’t stay in the game, Pena taking Pratt’s place. The Padres went 1-2-3 in every inning but the two they scored in.