Travis Smith, Juan Cruz, and CJ Nitkowski combined to allow that line. Smith went only four innings, and allowed only two homers — so, normal. Cruz was super wild, walking three and allowing four hits, but striking out seven, in his three innings. Nitkowski pitched the eighth.

The White Sox have an excellent offense — they don’t quite match the Yankees, but they’re close — but the last two games have been disasterous as no Braves pitcher pitched without allowing a run. Of the last seventeen innings, the White Sox have scored in 13.

Offensively, Furcal hit a two-run homer and Green tripled and scored. Franco had two hits, the team eight in all. When you give up ten runs, you’re going to lose 95 percent of the time, so it doesn’t matter a lot.

Tomorrow is an off day, then back to Atlanta to face the Royals and Indians in games that will be played under the rules of baseball rather than softball. They will once again be witnessed only by those present and by the seventeen people who receive Turner South, save the Wednesday game on SportsSouth. The Braves will not appear on TBS again until a week from Thursday.