Oh no! We’re doomed!
Just not the Braves’ night. They looked hopeless at the plate most of the night, and were even worse in the field. Worst of all was Garret Anderson, back in the lineup for the red-hot Matt Diaz. Anderson not only went a spectacularly weak 0-4 at the plate, he dropped two foul balls for errors, the second of which helped the Marlins put the game away in the seventh, and generally looked like the illegitimate love child of Lonnie Smith and Greg Luzinski in left field. He’s finished, and it’s only a matter of time before the Braves realize this; the sooner, the better.
He didn’t lose the game by himself, of course. The Braves were limited to
three four hits. One was a homer by KJ, who also hit two fly balls hard. The rest of the team mostly looked like they had an appointment later on tonight and couldn’t be bothered to work the count. Slugging pinch hitter Martin Prado had a double, Francoeur hit a little flare single to center, and Schafer had a single up the middle. That was it.
Javier Vasquez really deserved better. He struck out twelve in six innings, but got no help from his defense, as five of the eight times a ball was put in play it fell for a hit. The Marlins got three runs in the third, which was all they would need; Escobar almost got to a ball that would have gotten out of it unscathed. They picked up two runs in the eighth off of Bennett and — he won’t get scored them, but they were his fault too — Anderson. The rest of the bullpen looked pretty good, especially Moylan, who had another 1-2-3 seventh.