Awful, awful, awful. The Braves had another one of their Sunday “We have a plane to catch” offenses, getting only four hits and two walks against a starting pitcher who had an ERA over 5 coming in and hadn’t won since the first week of May. Their runs came on solo homers in the sixth by Drew and Chipper. Marrero had the other two hits, both singles. Andruw missed his second game in a row; maybe he’ll be back in Florida.
Ortiz dug a hole early, giving up two in the first and one in each of the next two innings. In the second, he actually gave up a solo homer to the pitcher — an American League pitcher, mind you. In the top of the seventh, with the Braves back to only two down, Ortiz was lifted after giving up a hit. Almanza (now the only lefty with the dismissal of CJ Nitkowski) got one but the Great Gryboski immediately allowed an inherited run to score. Again. Hey, no skin off his ERA.
After this interleague disaster the Braves travel to Florida. Yeah, they played the Marlins well earlier this year but I have little confidence they’ll do it again. Yes, I’m now verging on Despair.