So, I think that’s 0-8 in one-run games. This is extremely frustrating, and I may have to take Steps.
The Braves went up 1-0 in the first — without the benefit of giving away an out on a bunt! KJ, hitting third (Chipper was out with back spasms) walked, and Teixeira doubled him home. They made it 2-0 in the third when Hudson scored on a wild pitch with the bases loaded, but couldn’t get a hit to break it open. Normal.
It may be that Hudson tired himself out running the bases, because he gave up four runs on five hits in the bottom of the third, and was hit for in the next inning. I don’t think he’s really hurt, but you have to be concerned.
The bullpen did great in keeping the team in the game, Carlyle, Ring, Bennett, and especially Campillo with another great two-inning stint, striking out four. Prado singled home Francoeur with two out in the sixth to cut the lead to 4-3, but that was all the Braves could muster, despite getting runners on the next two innings. Kotsay played, but badly; Brent Lillibridge, up to play shortstop, looked about as much like a major leaguer as he does Samuel L. Jackson, striking out three times and making a misplay on defense.
All this and Matt Ryan too. Joy. Get better Chipper. Get better Yunel.