If you’re a struggling pitcher, it seems that there’s no better team to face than the Braves. Woody Williams got his first win of the season last night even though the Braves sent out an actual major league lineup — well, one with Jesse Garcia and Mark DeRosa, but other than that, a major league lineup. Of course, DeRosa drove in Garcia for the Braves’ only run, and they had two of the team’s four hits between them.
Marcus Giles did return to the lineup, but was 0-4. So was Chipper, who is hitless since returning to the lineup. Marcus put it best: “We’re absolutely awful now offensively.” And defensively — they committed three errors. Can we start this season over?
Jaret Wright didn’t pitch too badly, but right now you have to be perfect to win. He gave them five strong innings before hitting the wall in the sixth again. He was charged four runs, but only one was earned. Armando Almanza, activated from the DL — Will Cunnane was designated for assignment, and about time, too — replaced him with two out in the sixth and immediately allowed Tony Womack to single in a run. So he’s going to fit right in.
As if things weren’t bad enough, Hampton versus Morris tonight.