Kawakami just gets worse. Should I put up a Hansonometer or something? It’s not like a win was likely today anyway, but the Braves starter, after getting through three innings with no trouble at all, completely collapsed and couldn’t get out of the fifth, giving up eight runs, with the big blows two homers from Jay Bruce and a bases-clearing double from Joey Votto. Maybe he could have done better with better defense… but not a whole lot better. Those balls were hit.
So it was 8-0 after five, and the Braves hadn’t done much at all on offense. Ross got them on the board with a solo homer, and Brandon Jones, in his first appearance of the year, scored Chipper from third on an infield single. The Joneses were a collective 5-7 with a walk, but the rest of the team was 5-29. Actually, the Braves had only one fewer hit than the Reds, and three walks to the Reds’ one, but the Reds had the extra-base hits, and bunched their production.