Hey, let’s play the “Lose Your Baserunners” game! Tim Hudson, somehow, hit into two double plays, which is really hard to do when you’re supposed to be bunting most of the time. So not getting run support is partly Hudson’s own fault.
Also his fault, allowing homers to the likes of Jose Castillo — a two-run shot to give the Pirates the lead in the sixth — and Chris Duffy. With Matt Lawton gone, the Pirates have only two real power threats, but they aren’t those two guys. Hudson left after getting one out in the seventh, having given up four runs on eight hits. The good news was that he struck out five and walked only one, and pitched out of a couple of jams that weren’t his fault. Foster, Brower, and McBride did great work out of the pen, especially McBride, who struck out two in the eighth.
The Braves aren’t going to score many runs when the Joneses go 0-8, especially when Furcal joins them to go 0-12. Marcus had a hit and a walk, and Julio had two hits, so even a hit apiece by the big guns might have made a big difference. Langerhans also had two hits. Francoeur had a double, later scoring the Braves’ only run on Estrada’s double, but after that the Pirates figured out that you should never throw him a strike and handled him.
The Marlins (the team I’m really concerned about in the division) play tonight, and the rest of the division is off today. The Braves now leave for their annual sauna trip, three games in Cincinnati and three in St. Louis. At least they don’t have Astroturf anymore. Tomorrow night’s game is on Turner South, Sosa against Ramon Ortiz, who has a 5.84 ERA this year and whose middle name is “Diogenes”. I think he carries a lantern around in search of a reliable breaking pitch.