– MLB – Recap

Whatever reason Bobby had for starting Eddie Perez, he made a good call. Eddie had a great day — the best of his career, maybe — going 4-5 with two homers, three runs and three RBI. Chipper went 3-5 (and is now up to .244) and also had a homer, driving in four; Marcus was 2-2 with a walk, three runs scored, before leaving the game. In the fourth inning. The Braves led 10-0 at that point and cruised from there. Also doing well was Furcal, who had three hits.

Russ Ortiz was terrific for the first five innings, then fell apart in the sixth (with a 10-0 lead), leaving with three runs in and the bases loaded. Gryboski got the last out of the inning. In the continuing mystery of Bobby’s usage pattern of Juan Cruz, Tom Martin pitched the seventh despite the seven-run lead, and Tim Drew pitched the last two innings. Why use your only lefty, who pitched yesterday, to pitch a full inning in a blowout? The Braves do have an off-day tomorrow, but still…

Next up, the beer teams come to town, three with the Brewers and three with the Cardinals. The latter is a possible playoff preview, and in fact would be the first round matchup if the current standings hold… The Phillies beat the Dodgers (Brad Penny left injured after only 2/3 of an inning) and stay 5 1/2 out. The Marlins and Mets lost, and are eight and eleven back respectively. Good job mortgaging your future, there, guys.