So, what does it take to get a win around here? A shutout, and the other team doing stupid things, it appears.
Jair Jurrjens was just great, going 7 2/3 innings, striking out four, and giving up just six hits. Two of the hits were leadoff doubles, but no worries; he pitched around them. Unfortunately, the Braves weren’t getting anything out of their hits either, and Jurrjens left (Bobby brought Gonzalez in to face Dunn with two out and a runner on first) with the game scoreless. Gonzalez struck out Dunn, which is the sort of thing that is going to happen. (Gonzalez has now struck out Dunn six times in 13 career PA, allowing just two hits and no homers.)
Diaz singled with one out in the ninth. Kotchman grounded into a fielder’s choice, Diaz out at second. Schafer walked, and Infante ran for Kotchman (we have got to get someone with actual speed on the bench) and Norton came out to hit for Gonzalez. At this point, Manny Acta apparently lost all higher reasoning function and sent out a lefty to turn Norton around. This made no sense because:
1. Norton is 0-11 on the season, as noted in the prior recap, and;
2. Martin Prado would hit for Norton, and Prado is hitting .368.
Prado walked to load the bases. KJ followed, and walked on five pitches to drive in the game’s only run. Soriano relieved, and was brilliant, as he has been all season, striking out two and getting a flyout. Game over. Tomorrow is an off-day, then it’s at the Reds, so you know there will be home runs hit.