What a nightmare that was. Jo-Jo Reyes (he doesn’t deserve to be called “Joseph” after this performance) gave up five runs in the first, with a pair of homers involved, and basically everyone could go home then. He managed to go five, allowing eight runs on six hits, three walks, and three homers, and his ERA went from 4.12 to 5.84. In Richmond, Chuck James was thinking, “Hey, I could have done that.”
The only chance the Braves had to get into it was in the second. KJ singled in McCann and went to second on an error; Diaz was at first and made it to third. Reyes was up, Bobby didn’t hit for him, and he grounded out to the pitcher. Escobar, back in the lineup, hit a little flare that the rightfielder caught, and that was it. Am I saying the Braves could have won this game if he’d hit for Reyes? Well, it seems unlikely, but after that the game was pretty much over.
Radar Gun came in to allow a two-run homer in the sixth, and Ring capped the scoring allowing a homer in the eighth. You give up five homers, you’re probably going to lose. Chipper had a hit and a walk, raising his average to .415, then left the game since there was no point in him staying in a blowout. McCann had two hits and a walk, then he left; Teixeira and Kotsay took the late innings off too, because what was the point?