We have got to stop playing these long games with the Astros.
Back and forth, back and forth… The Braves led 1-0 after two on a solo homer by Andruw. But Jo-Jo Reyes gave up five runs on two homers in the third. He was sent to Richmond after the game, replaced by Cormier. And the tragic fifth starter situation continues.
The Braves tied it up, getting two in the third, then a two-run homer from Teixeira in the fourth. Harris drove in two with a triple in the fifth, then Francoeur hit a two-run homer in the sixth to make it 9-5. But Soriano collapsed in the eighth, again, allowing a grand slam (we might as well bring Devine back) to tie it. Renteria had to leave the game during the inning with a sprained ankle, and since Escobar and Woodward had already pinch-hit, Chipper went to shortstop. I dunno, I probably would have used KJ there and put Harris at second, but maybe Bobby has Chipper in a one-game eligibility league. Harris promptly made an error, which loaded the bases for the slam.
The game went on and on. The Astros got two runs not on homers in the 12th, but Diaz hit a two-run shot (scoring Corky Miller, who had an infield single in his first Braves PA) to tie it back up. In the fourteenth, the Astros got the winning run on a single by a pinch-hitting pitcher, sticking the Vulture with the loss. Diaz led off the bottom of the inning with a single but Chipper hit into a double play.
Renteria will miss at least the upcoming Rockies series. If it goes longer than that, I assume they’ll think about DLing him.
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