Guess I didn’t miss too much when I had to go to sleep. (Hey, I have to earn a living, here.) The Braves gave up three runs in the third, partly due to some defensive breakdowns — a gapper that wasn’t hit that hard turning into a triple, DeWayne “Mr. Defense” Wise badly overthrowing a dead-duck Edgardo Alfonzo at the plate — and couldn’t come back. Mark DeRosa did hit a two-run homer in the fifth to keep up his hot hitting, but that was it.
Horacio Ramirez went 6 1/3, has an ERA of 2.73, and is 0-2. He struck out six and walked four, but two of those were intentional walks of Bonds, which hardly even count at this stage. Kevin Gryboski, not Base12, actually finished the game to keep it close.
The Braves blew opportunity after opportunity early and it cost them. The Braves had six hits and drew six walks, but only Wise (on a walk!) of the bottom three hitters did anything. Eddie Perez, who is Horacio’s personal catcher now even if they aren’t saying it, struck out with Andruw on third and one out in the second… Mike Hessman did make it to the game. He pinch hit, and struck out. What are the odds?
Jaret Wright versus Kirk Rueter tonight/tomorrow morning. If Julio and Marrero aren’t ready to go, the lineup is not going to be pretty. (Hessman at first, or Hessman in left?) I know Rueter doesn’t throw hard but that doesn’t mean you need to give him a handicap.