I am really starting to hate this team. As has happened so often in the last two and a half years, the Braves pulled off the old “come back to tie and then stop scoring runs and let the other guys win” routine. I haven’t assigned this a Loss-Type Index number yet, but you know the drill.
Joseph Reyes was pretty strong, but allowed a pair of solo homers, one in the fifth and one in the sixth. The offense was getting one-hit to that point, but KJ led off the bottom of the sixth with a single, and Chipper hit a 3-2 pitch over the centerfield wall to tie it up. Teixeira followed with a blast that almost made it out. McCann walked, and Francoeur actually got a hit, but with two out and the bases loaded Bobby let Reyes hit for himself.
Reyes got through the seventh with help from a double play, but was up around 100 pitches and probably should have been relieved. At the same time, the bullpen has looked shakier in recent days. At any event, Reyes got the leadoff man in the eighth, walked the next guy, then allowed a triple to the Dark Lord Utley that essentially ended the game. Ring allowed the Grybo to make it 4-2, and Bennett gave up a two-run homer in the ninth. But let’s face it, they weren’t coming back again. You could tell it was over because Phil Stockman came in to get the last two batters.
Francoeur had two of the Braves’ five hits, but he sucks. As does the whole outfield. Chipper was 1-3 with a walk and is at .420. He deserves better than this team.