– MLB – Recap – Astros at Braves

A couple of guys who had been stuggling came up big tonight. Horacio Ramirez came into the game 1-2 with a 4.84 ERA and having failed to get even six innings in three of his four starts. He went seven, struck out two, allowed three hits, three walks, and no runs, lowering his ERA to 3.68.

And Julio Franco went 3-4 with a homer and scored two runs. I was really questioning Bobby keeping Julio in the cleanup spot against lefties. He was down to .225 on the season and was yet to homer. His homer made him the second-oldest player, and oldest position player, to homer in a major league game.

Chipper went 2-4 with a double and an RBI. Andruw was also 2-4 with two doubles, scoring one and driving in one. The Andruwometer reads .267.

Reitsma gave up a run in the eighth. He might have gotten out unscathed, but Julio couldn’t make the play on a tough hop. And Dan Kolbb put in another appearance, walking two and loading the bases on a flare but getting out of it with a strikeout. Worst Save Ever.

The Astros really are bad on defense; they were charged with but one error but made a couple of egregious misplays including one on a popup that scored a run. Willie Taveras, in particular, is a disappointment, conjuring up images of such fast nonfielders as Vince Coleman and Luis Polonia; he’s one fall away from Lonnie Smith. At least Mike Lamb has the excuse that he’s not really an outfielder, but then again neither is Taveras.

Day game on TBS tomorrow, as per usual. And the Marlins won again. Due to a losing streak by the Cards, the Braves have the best record in the NL, and the Marlins are second.