What a miserable ballclub. Charlie Morton deserved far better than this. He was magnificent through the first six innings, and didn’t allow a baserunner from the second to the fifth. But in the seventh, he allowed a solo homer to Fielder, and then a bunt single to the next man, who came in to score when they pitched to the eighth-place hitter with the pitcher on deck and first base open. And thus, a loss.
The Braves got a run in the first on a Kotchman single, his first RBI as a Brave. The Braves couldn’t do a lot against Sabathia, plus the Out Machine was sitting in the middle of the lineup and making it hard to get anything going even if someone got on base. Francoeur sucks.
Anyway, trailing 2-1 in the eighth, Soriano gave up a two-run homer to Fielder that pretty much ended it. This particularly sucked when Infante doubled leading off the ninth, and eventually scored on an infield single by KJ. (He could have scored on an out, having gotten to third on a Kotchman groundout, but you can guess who struck out in that situation.)
Anyway, Morton struck out four and walked only one, and got hung with a loss. Well, I guess this is marginally less depressing than getting blown out.
UPDATE: I missed this earlier. It’s hardly a surprise…