There are times when I feel like giving up on the season and putting up the “who should we root for? question. (The Royals?) This is one of those times. Given a 3-0 lead in the second, Javier Vazquez let it slip away in the sixth. The Braves, after taking a 3-0 lead, rarely even threatened after, especially in the innings while they still had the lead, in which one man reached and was thrown out. This is why I am starting to hate this team.
In the second, the Braves loaded the bases with none out, but Schafer, hitting eighth, struck out. Vazquez hit a chopper that was clearly not a double play ball; the remains of Luis Castillo tried to turn it anyway and allowed a second run to score. After KJ walked, Escobar singled in Vazquez (Beltran dropped the ball or probably would have had a play) to make it 3-0. And Hibernation Mode set in.
Vazquez looked to hold the lead anyway for the next three innings. But in the sixth, he gave up two-run homers to Beltran and Wright to give up the lead. Then after getting two on with one out in the bottom of the inning, David Ross for some reason bunted (some say trying to get a hit, but who bunts for a hit with two men on?) and got thrown out, and Schafer struck out again. The announcers say that his wrist is hurt, in which case get him out of the lineup already!
And Bobby sent Vazquez out again. I really don’t get this one. With two out in the seventh, he gave up another two-run homer to Beltran on his 110th pitch of the game. Game, essentially, over, because unlike the Mets the Braves aren’t going to come back from three runs down. Chipper hit a homer in the bottom of the inning, but with nobody on.
Brandon Jones had a hit and two walks, and thus will be confined to pinch-hitting duty until Anderson is activated. The Braves as a team had seven walks, but only five hits. Schafer struck out three times, and was charged with five men left on base, two in scoring position with two out. His numbers with runners on base are truly terrible, by the way. He is 2-20 with runners in scoring position, with ten strikeouts, and 5-37 with runners on base, with 18 strikeouts, and 0-9 with a runner at third base.