Normally, you want to get into an opponent’s bullpen early. The first inning — even if on an injury — is great. But the Braves, after getting three runs (two on a long homer by Andruw) off Brad Penny saw him leave with two out in the inning with an elbow problem. And the Marlins bullpen held the Braves to one run in 8 1/3 innings. This keeps happening. Even if the relievers aren’t too good, the Braves can’t seem to hit them.
Mike Hampton went seven decent innings, throwing 107 pitches and allowing two runs. But Jaret Wright showed why he was disposed of by the Padres, allowing two runs in the eighth, the second on a wild pitch, to tie the game. And Ray King allowed a run in the ninth to lose it. Pathetic.
The Phillies lost to fall to 1 1/2 behind the Marlins… Russ Ortiz starts tomorrow night.