This game will drive you crazy sometimes. The Braves were shut down for seven innings by Jeff Weaver, but loaded the bases in the eighth with two out, and Adam LaRoche hit a grand slam, giving them a 4-2 lead.
Chris Reitsma, who’s been so good, came in, and actually was making out pitches. But as happens sometimes, one ball found a hole, and another one bounced off Reitsma and away from Marcus, and then LaRoche — LaRoche, who hit the slam! — mishandled a grounder and Drew beat him to the bag, and the bases were loaded with one out. (The play was ruled a hit but I wouldn’t be surprised to see that reversed.) And Reitsma got the next guy to fly out to short left, and might have gotten out of it. And then Milton Bradley hit a homer, his second of the game. Sosa came on and allowed one more run.
Well, at least Kolb didn’t pitch. Mondesi didn’t play, Langerhans getting the start in right but going 0-4, which probably means six more weeks of Buffalo. The Braves were held to seven hits, two by LaRoche and two by Estrada. Giles, Chipper, and Andruw all had hitting streaks snapped, I believe. Braves outfielders were a collective 0-for, as Jordan went 0-4 too.
Good start by Horacio Ramirez, seven innings, seven hits, one walk, two strikeouts, no decision. He threw 84 pitches, 50 strikes, which is a good sign.
At least the Marlins lost… Mike Hampton versus Odalis Perez tomorrow night at a slightly more civilized (by thirty minutes) hour. I assume that Mondesi will at least start against the lefty.