Well, that wasn’t very good. The Braves couldn’t get on track offensively early and Paul Byrd took a loss he perhaps didn’t deserve. (He went six, allowed three runs on only five hits, didn’t walk anyone and struck out four.) Any chance of a comeback vanished when Reitsma — again! — came in to give up a couple of runs and turn a manageable deficit into a four run hole. McConnell and Cruz also pitched, and well.
Charles Thomas had another good day, going 2-3 with a walk, scored the Braves’ only run, and is now hitting .385. I’m sure he’s not really this good, and I’m still not certain he’s actually good at all, but let’s enjoy the ride while it lasts. Drew had a couple of hits as well, but the rest of the team had only two hits among them. The Braves did have six walks, leading to lots of stranded baserunners.
The Phillies won, so things reset to the status quo at the break. Russ Ortiz pitches tomorrow.