Hey, a win! All we need is for our starter to pitch great for eight innings, and it’s in the bag, more often than not! Easy!
Horacio Ramirez had one of his best outings, going eight and allowing but seven baserunners (five hits and two walks) while striking out three. He did give up a homer which tied the game in the second. The homers are something to keep a real eye on with him. If he controls those, he can be successful, but he hasn’t this year. He needed 109 pitches. If the Braves’ bullpen wasn’t so terrible he wouldn’t have pitched through the eighth, when he allowed a couple of doubles to cut the lead to one. Reitsma went 1-2-3 on grounders again to end it.
Andy Marte was 0-3 in his debut, but had a sac-fly RBI and also hit a ball to the warning track. Obviously he needs to be sent down to AAA again, because he didn’t hit for the cycle in his first game. Big night for Ryan Langerhans, who went 3-4… except he didn’t have a run or an RBI. Not his fault. The singles are starting to fall for him and with the power he’s shown he should be in the lineup to stay. LaRoche was 2-4 and drove in a run. Furcal hit a solo homer in the seventh to provide what was needed insurance. Wilson Betemit doubled and scored in the first, playing Marcus’ second base spot and hitting in his spot as well. He looks… functional there. It could be that there will be a job-sharing assignment, with Furcal, Giles, Marte, and Betemit all playing 3/4 of the time.
Rubber match tomorrow, Hudson (who of course has faced the Angels a lot) versus Kelvim Escobar. Sportssouth, starts a half hour earlier than today.