I don’t know yet if I’d rather lose in a blowout or lose after coming back to tie or take the lead. But I know that I hate it when they lose because of sloppy defense. Darren Holmes misplayed a dribbler in front of the plate to put runners on second and third with nobody out in the ninth, and the next batter broke a 4-4 tie to end the game. Drives me nuts. Javy had screwed up to allow a run earlier in the game, throwing a ball away in the fourth.
Shane Reynolds, meanwhile, stinks. He was charged for four runs, three earned, in four-plus innings, leaving the game with two on and two already in in the fifth. Jung Bong got him out of that. Reynolds was getting knocked around the previous inning and really should have been hit for in the top of the fifth, but Bobby let him load the bases and then give up a double before yanking him. Bobby has to realize that Reynolds isn’t any good, and to be ready to pull him as soon as he gets into trouble. Or maybe, just maybe, give Jason Marquis a chance. Nah.
The Braves got all their runs in the sixth, Chipper’s two-run homer the main blow. The Braves might have broken out in the second, but Vinny GIDPed with the bases loaded and one out, because he’s Vinny. It was that kind of game.
Millwood goes tonight for the Phillies, Ortiz for the Braves. If the Phillies are patient like they were last night (eight walks) they could give Ortiz trouble.