Yeah, it would have been better if Mahay and Moylan hadn’t pitched last night.
The Braves gave Jo-Jo Reyes (up for Chuck James, who went on the 15-day DL) three runs in the first two innings. But in the third, he completely lost the strike zone, walking the pitcher leading off the inning, getting one out on a bunt, then a single, then a walk, then a popup, then another walk, then a hit to tie it. Bobby came in with Villarreal, seemingly a batter too late, but he gave up a double to give the Reds the lead.
The Braves rallied back, though, with four in the fifth. Andruw hit a ball the line with two on, two out, which would have been a double except that Adam Dunn completely misplayed it into a triple, scoring two runs. McCann followed with a homer and it was 7-5. However, Mahay had a bad outing, giving up a very cheap homer and then another run to tie it.
Moylan came in to pitch the sixth, and he had some bad luck but still didn’t pitch well. First he gave up an incredibly cheap little hit that landed about ten feet from first base for an infield single. Then a batter, trying to bunt, was hit by a pitch (don’t get me started), and then KJ somehow didn’t get one of the lead runners on a grounder, getting only the hitter at first. The next hitter singled to right; Francoeur managed to cut down the second man for the second out of the inning, but the Reds lead. After an intentional walk and another HBP (seriously, the owners have to do something about these umpires) he managed to get out of it. Oddly, he pitched very well in the seventh.
He got the loss anyway as the Braves couldn’t do anything against the Reds’ weak middle relief. They did get hits from Chipper and Teixeira with two out in the ninth, but Francoeur hit a hard grounder for the final out.
This sucks. The starting rotation after the first two guys sucks. How did it come to this?