I’m still too angry to sleep. This game should not have been played. It was delayed by rain for more than two and a half hours, then started while it was still raining. The Marlins make this choice; I am guessing that they started it to avoid getting hit by a curfew.
By the end of the first inning, the Braves were down 3-0 and Johnny Estrada had been ejected by an umpire who was plainly baiting him. That won’t stop Johnny from getting a long suspension for bumping the SOB. Brian McCann did have two hits as his replacement; McCann’s single in the fifth was the Braves’s first hit, and his eighth-inning homer their first run. Julio had a pinch-hit run scoring double later in the inning. The only hit by a guy in the starting lineup was by Langerhans in front of Julio.
Roman Colon didn’t pitch that badly, really. He gave up the three runs in the first, two on a homer, and one in the second on a solo homer. I cut him a lot a slack; it was still raining, and the game did start late. He wound up pitching six and striking out five with no walks, which certainly should get him another start. Vasquez blew through the seventh, striking out two. Bobby then mysteriously brought in Bernero, who once again allowed two runs and killed any thought of a comeback. Please release him.
Assuming they can get a flight out, the Braves start three in Philadelphia tomorrow. Smoltz will face Vicente Padilla (I almost called him “Jose” again) in the opener on Turner South. The freaking Natspos won again.