The Braves led 4-2 headed into the bottom of the seventh. But then came Gryboski. With one out, the Pirates put two men on. And Bobby, for some ungodly reason, still hasn’t figured out that Gryboski is the last person you want coming in with the tying run on base. The record will show that the Braves committed three errors in the inning, and that the Pirates got an infield single as well. Some will say that it’s not Gryboski’s fault. That’s garbage. It’s the inevitable result of a guy with bad control who doesn’t strike anyone out. Maybe he’ll get a groundout. Maybe he’ll get a groundout more often than not. But enough of the time something will go wrong that bringing the bastard in is going to screw you. And then he gives up a bases-clearing double. Johnny Estrada committed two errors on that one play in the disaster, allowing the hitter to score.
Paul Byrd gets a no decision and not even a quality start, but pitched really well for five innings and well enough to win. But… Well, you know. JD Drew had his hitting streak snapped, though he did walk twice to keep his streak of reaching base going. Despite Estrada’s errors, he did have three hits, including a homer, and scored twice. Charles Thomas also had three hits; every time you think he’s been figured out, he does this.
The Marlins lead the Phillies 3-2 in a rain delay in the bottom of the eighth, with a runner on second. If that holds up, at least the Braves will keep their lead on the Phillies. The Mets are winning late… Ortiz versus Oliver Perez tomorrow. Perez is a lefty and has been pitching really well.