Bad bullpen, bad! With Reitsma out and — gulp — Kolb lying in wait as potential fill-in closer, the middle guys decided that they’d have none of that and blew the game on their own. With the game tied at three in the eighth, Brower got a strikeout but then allowed a double. Foster walked his man. Then Boyer came in, got Piazza to 0-2, and then allowed a three-run homer. Ballgame.
Ramirez was okay, I guess. All three runs he allowed were scored by David Wright. Wright hit solo homers in the second and fourth, and scored again after walking in the seventh. Ramirez actually got out of a jam, Wright on third with one out, but then let Offerman beat him. For the night, seven innings, three runs, three strikeouts, two walks, six hits.
The Braves got only six hits on the night, five off of Kristin Benson. Andruw singled in Pete Orr (starting because of Giles’ “flulike symptoms”) in the fourth, and LaRoche hit a two-run homer in the seventh to give them a lead. Orr had two hits on the day. For some reason, Kelly Johnson tried a squeeze bunt on Boom-Boom Bobby Hernandez in the eighth with runners first and third, one out, and hit into a DP. BB Bobby got the win.
The Natspos lost again. This reminds me of earlier this year, when the Marlins and Braves looked ready to put the rest of the division away when both went into deep slumps… Smoltz versus Glavine tomorrow. Of course, it’s on Turner South. Is that predictable or what?