You see, I would have brought back the Miserable Braves Loss Type-Index, but they keep coming up with new ways to lose. The going out to a 4-1 lead only to lose it in the eighth because of the awful, awful bullpen is fairly standard, but to then go fourteen innings? While not unprecedented, it’s not normal, at all. Except for THIS TEAM. I hate it.
The Braves got three runs in the second, which if you do the math means that they got one run in thirteen other innings combined. The big “hit” was a routine fly ball from Chipper that fell untouched. This is data point 100,000 in my continuing quest to show that the “unearned” run rule is moronic. If Lastings Milledge had dropped the ball, it would have been an error, but because he misplayed it even more egregiously, it is a hit. The worse you play, the less you’re punished for it — does that make sense, to anyone? Chipper had two real hits to go with that one, and then got lifted for Li’lbridge as a pinch-runner.
In the fourteenth inning, Bennett gave up a walk and a hit, then got a groundout to make it second and third, one out. Bobby, once again, had him walk the bases loaded because he still hasn’t learned his lesson. After falling behind 3-1 Bennett came in with a pitch to Crazy Elijah Dukes, who doubled in three runs. Genius, sheer genius.
The Braves used 28 players. Hooray for roster expansion! Escobar joined Chipper with three hits.