So, the Braves have finally reached the level the team had fallen to when Albert Hall was around, so it was time for another center fielder to hit for the cycle. Kotsay did it tonight. In, typically, a loss. I hate this team, but Kotsay’s okay, I guess.
Tom Glavine is completely and utterly done: he isn’t on my shutdown list (Escobar, Boyer, Jurrjens) only because it doesn’t really matter anymore if he blows out his arm. Tom gave up seven hits, two of them homers, and walked four. In the end, it was enough for seven runs. He really should hang it up, but like I said, it doesn’t really matter.
But hey, Kotsay. 5-5 on the night. In the second, already down 2-0, he tripled in Jeffy to cut it to one, but was stranded when Escobar struck out with the bases loaded. Down 7-2 in the fourth, he led off with a homer — the two toughest out of the way.
The Braves managed to cut it to 7-4, but that was the way it went all night; the Cubs would come back with more runs. Kotsay led off the sixth with a single. Down 11-4 in the seventh, Francoeur actually hit a three-run homer. That’s nice for him, but he still sucks. Kotsay followed with a double to finish the cycle, but was stranded again. With two out in the ninth, Francoeur and Kotsay singled, but that was it.
Anyway, congrats to Kotsay. If you want a ring, go for a fourth outfielder role somewhere. Maybe we can sneak you through waivers.