Stop me if you’ve heard this before — Horacio Ramirez had a quality start but lost when the Braves didn’t score any runs. I hate sequels. The Braves left ten men on base and scored their only run on an error, Furcal (after tripling) scoring on a botched throw to first on LaRoche’s swinging bunt.
Ramirez, meanwhile — and I seemingly say this every day now — didn’t really pitch that well. He went 6 1/3, allowing eight hits and walking two. But all the runs scored on three solo homers, two in the sixth and one in the seventh. Generally, if you allow ten baserunners and three homers you aren’t going to get away with allowing only three runs. The main point is that he can’t go around allowing lots of homers, because he doesn’t have the peripherals to get away with that. Few do.
Furcal did have two hits, his first since returning to the lineup. Everyone had a hit except the 3-4-5 hitters (Drew and the Joneses) which isn’t a recipe for success… Ortiz tonight against Expo ace Livan Hernandez. Maybe Eric Gregg can throw out the first pitch. Yes, I’m still bitter.