Late July may be too late, guys.
The Braves lost again, and are six games below .500 for the first time since 1990. They were held to four hits. They were down 5-0 after four innings. When it looked like they might have a chance to at least put some runs on the board with two out in the ninth, Bobby sent Hessman up to pinch-hit. Guess what? He struck out on a curveball in the left-handed batter’s box. Again!
Offensively, there was none. Starting pitching? None. The relief wasn’t so bad for once, Cruz pitching two scoreless innings and Travis Smith somehow going 1 1/3 without giving up a homer. The Braves have two long relievers, by the way. What does that tell you about their current situation?
John Thomson gave up five runs in four innings, all scoring via the longball — solo shots in each of the first two and a three-run backbreaker in the fourth. His ERA is creeping towards five.
Bright side, bright side… Well, Cruz, I guess, though he gave up three hits. He did strike out two. Julio, Andruw, and Marrero all had one hit and one walk. I guess that’s something.
I still can’t get confirmation, but DeWayne Wise was apparently put on the DL. Charles Thomas was supposed to start in left, but didn’t arrive by the start of the game.