Worst. Ground Crew. Ever. The game was called with one out in the bottom of the eighth because the field was unplayable and would remain that way, largely because the Marlins ground crew had no idea what they were doing and couldn’t deploy the tarp properly. Luckily, the Braves were winning. I expect that if they’d been losing and it was a close game there would have been a protest.
The big blow of the game came in the top of the inning. With one out, Furcal at second, Giles at first, and Andruw at the plate, the Braves pulled a double steal. Even with two strikes on him, the Marlins walked Andruw, then brought in a lefty to face LaRoche. Bobby pulled the trigger, bringing in Julio, and Julio hit a grand slam, which put the Braves up 7-1.
Furcal did have a good game, doubling to start that rally and also tripling to lead off the game and scoring the game’s first run on a very short sac fly by Marcus. He also made a really good defensive play to end the seventh. He keeps playing like that, I’ll lay off him. All the Braves’ position players had at least one hit, Giles and Estrada joining Furcal with two. Andruw was intentionally walked twice, which is fine with me; LaRoche can’t possibly be bad enough to make up for all the extra baserunners.
Horacio had another strong game. He pitched out of a couple of jams, one caused by his defense (a misthrow that let a runner get to third with nobody out) and one caused, I think, by the rain (he loaded the bases with two walks in fifth). He did only strike out two, which is worrisome, but he seems to have better control than he did earlier this year. Brower was on the mound when the heavens opened in the bottom of the eighth, having already given up a homer to Cabrera but getting Delgado.
The rest of the division was idle. The Braves and poor Jorge Sosa get Dontrelle Willis again tomorrow. Turner South again.