The nightmare continues. Tim Hudson left the game with nobody out in the fifth, right after a sharp grounder was Bucknered by LaRoche into tying the game at four. It’s not clear what the injury was; hopefully it’s purely precautionary.
The Braves got all their runs in the fourth, batting around. For the rest of the game, they were limited to a ground-rule double by Marcus and a walk by Langerhans, and four hits total. Johnson continued to struggle, as did Marte.
Bernero relieved Hudson; he looked pretty rough in the fifth, allowing three warning-track fly balls, but better in the sixth, with a couple groundouts and a strikeout. But John Foster went Kolb on them tonight, retiring only one of the four batters (all lefties) he faced, a triple scoring the guys who had walked and singled in front of it. His control was awful and he took the loss. Gryboski, of course, allowed an inherited run. Kolb, of course, came in to allow another one, but it didn’t really matter; no way the Braves were going to score three runs on the Angels’ bullpen.
A day off to lick their wounds, then the A’s come to town. They haven’t been very good this year but you can’t be very optimistic.