– MLB – Recap – Braves at Padres – 05/15/2003

First off, Ryan Klesko was (unintentionally) hit in the head with a Horacio Ramirez pitch in the fifth. He left the game and was woozy; hopefully, Ryan will be all right.

Anyway, so much for the rookie pitchers the first time theory. The Padres actually led 3-0 after 2 and 3-2 entering the fifth. And then, the Braves put up eight runs without the benefit of a homer. Julio Franco’s two-run triple was the biggest blow. Marcus Giles had two hits in the inning and four overall, including a homer and two doubles. (Should have stretched one of those, Marcus!) The Braves added on five late runs and Bobby opened the floodgates on the pen.

The rundown of offensive oddities: All the Braves’ starters, including Ramirez, had hits… Chipper walked four times, was hit by a pitch, and singled in one official AB. He didn’t get a chance to drive in any runs, and neither did Javy Lopez, but every other Brave starter — again, including Ramirez — did, and every one scored except Sheffield. The Braves’ 1-3 hitters are now hitting .331, .336, and .348.

Horacio Ramirez pitched about as poorly as you can and still get a win, going five innings, giving up five runs on five hits, four walks, and the HBP. The back of the bullpen did okay, with one run allowed by Jung Bong.