I’d hoped we’d seen the last of this kind of loss this year, but no luck. Shane Reynolds was involved, of course. Reynolds gave up three in the first and four in the second, leaving with only four batters retired. Trey Hodges came on to give up a grand slam. Jason Marquis pitched two innings and give up three runs. Jung Bong pitched three and gave up five runs, including another slam. Kent Mercker pitched an inning, and the worst news of the night was a perfect inning by Boom-Boom Hernandez, showing that pretty much anybody can get outs when they’re down 13 runs.
Pretty much everybody played for the Braves. DeRosa, Lopez, and Julio all had homers. It was Javy’s 38th of the season, after which the Personal Catcher came on to give him a break. DeRosa had two other hits.
The Marlins won to keep pace with the Phillies. Tonight, Horacio Ramirez faces Brave-killer Vicente Padilla. For Horacio, it’s a good chance to solidify his fourth starter credentials.