My God, I hate Chris Reitsma right now. The Braves took a 3-1 lead into the eighth, but Reitsma, with a little help from Furcal’s bad fielding, turned it into a tie. The two runs were scored “unearned”, but seriously most of it was the pitcher’s fault. Reitsma has given up two or three runs in three of his last four appearances, all Braves losses.
Jaret Wright gave them seven good, if somewhat wild, innings, but to no avail. He struck out five, walked three, and allowed five hits… Alfonseca wound up getting the loss, pitching to two batters in the tenth. McConnell and Gryboski finished it. Why one of these men wasn’t brought in while Reitsma was busy losing the lead, I’ll never know.
The Braves took a 2-0 lead in the first on Marcus’ homer, and a 3-1 lead in the seventh on Andruw’s. In between, they did very little. After, they did little, until the bottom of the tenth when they had the bases loaded with one out. But Marcus grounded out to third (the runner out at the plate) and Drew lined out, game over, and the Braves fall back into a tie.
The Braves now play two games out of the division with the Pirates, then hit the road for a series with the Mets. The Phillies host the Marlins for two, then the Cubs.