Ugh. The Braves fell behind 1-0 in the first after a ball that a normal centerfielder probably gets to easily bounced off the glove of a diving McLouth, setting up an RBI groundout. After two innings (with Jurrjens just having led off the third with a single) a whole lot of rain came, delaying the game for two hours. Play resumed just long enough to make sure that the Braves couldn’t get a rally going, even though it was still raining quite hard, then stopped again for about twenty minutes. Bennett gave up a run in the third and a run in the fifth; Jurrjens, of course, got hung with the loss.
The Braves had a good opportunity to make a game of it in the sixth, getting consecutive one-out singles by Chipper, McCann, and ACHE and a walk to load the bases from the returning Casey Kotchman. Of course, that brought Francoeur to the plate. The GIDP was inevitable. Francoeur did manage to “drive in” a run in the eighth with an infield single, meaning he’s earned at least another month.
Trailing 3-2, Bobby went with Gonzalez, which made a lot of sense, really; close game, tired bullpen, fresh closer. But he got slammed, giving up four runs in the ninth. Chipper helped with an error on a bunt. How many of these have we seen this year?
The Braves outhit the Reds, 12-10. Their hits were concentrated in the middle of the order; three from Chipper, two each from McCann, Anderson, and Kotchman. There’s no good reason why they should have gotten only two runs from something like that. Francoeur, who sucks, is a bad reason.