What a depressing series. First up, Horacio Ramirez is never allowed to pitch to Khalil Greene ever ever again. Greene hit two three-run homers off of Horacio to account for most of the Padres’ runs. Sometimes a player just has you, and Greene apparently has the Braves’ number. Horacio was pulled after just four. Matt Childers pitched two innings in which he allowed one run on three hits. Roman Colon pitched a pair of perfect innings with two strikeouts. One of them is probably headed to Richmond within the next few days to make room for Kyle Davies.
The Braves had ten hits, three by Wilson Betemit, including a pair of doubles. You have to hope that Chipper will be back for the Boston series, but it’s hard to see how his loss cost the Braves this series. Betemit’s season line now stands .323/.447/.581. How about we try him in an outfield corner?
Andruw homered, walked, and scored twice. Langerhans started in right, hit third, and went 0-4 with three strikeouts, while Mondesi had a pinch-hit RBI single. The merry-go-round continues.
Trevor Hoffman did, indeed, show Kolb what a closer looks like, coming on with two on and one out in the ninth and needing four pitches to get Furcal and Giles to end the game.
The Marlins thrashed the Dodgers and are back to a half-game out. The Mets also won and 1 1/2 out and the Natspos play tonight… And after getting swept, the Braves get to play the World Champions in Boston. Hampton is listed as the starter on Friday but I expect Hudson will actually go against Wade Miller. Saturday is anyone’s guess if Hampton can’t go, except that if Bernero is now the closer-in-chief it won’t be him. At any event a callup will be made by Sunday. I say try Kolb, he couldn’t be any worse as a starter.