It wasn’t that close. The game was 7-0 when the Braves got a three run homer from of all people DeWayne Wise in the bottom of the eighth. They were never in the game after the third, when the Dodgers scored four runs.
Jaret Wright was the loser. He was wild and hittable both, all game. I will give him the marginal excuse that he was pitching in the rain (the umpires continue to refuse to halt Fox and ESPN games unless animals are lining up two by two) but he had nothing. Cruz and Nitkowski each allowed a single run; Cruz’s was on a solo homer against the eighth hitter he faced, adding support to the theory that he simply doesn’t have the stamina for long outings.
Wilson Betemit started at third base and had two hits. It’s not enough to totally bench DeRosa, but it might be enough to get him another shot at it. Cepeda versus McCovey this job duel ain’t. Andruw hit a solo homer off of Eric Gagne, whose reputation as supercloser seems largely incumbent upon not facing the Braves in save situations. But Drew and Chipper were a collective 0-8 with five strikeouts, and the Braves don’t have enough good hitters now for their two best to have bad days and win.
Day game tomorrow; Mike Hampton tries to have both a good start and, maybe, just maybe, get some baserunners this time.