And back to the suckage. We only play the Astros six times a year, guys.
The Braves loaded the bases off of our old pal Livan in the first, but got only one run on a Glaus sac fly. Hernandez then pitched around Heyward to load the bases, just to give you an idea of (a) how highly they regard him and (b) how lowly they regard Melky, who was on deck. Sure enough, Melky made an out to end the threat. Then in the second, Kawakami allowed two runs to give the Nats the lead.
Heyward tied it up in the third with a solo homer, which only guaranteed that they weren’t going to pitch to him if they had any choice in the matter. (He got his first IBB in the fifth in front of another Melkyout.) The Nats then started scoring one run an inning — one in the fifth, one in the sixth, one in the seventh, and one in the eighth. Since the Braves only got one run the rest of the game, McCann singling home Chipper in the ninth, that was easily enough. Glaus grounded into a double play to end it with Heyward on deck.
I guess the good news is that Chipper was 2-4 with a double and a walk. That’s something. Right now, I have no faith in anyone in the lineup but the 20-year-old. The bullpen did not do a very good job either.