The Braves lost a series, at home, against the fricking Dodgers, with their top three pitchers starting. John Thomson was really bad, and the Braves didn’t have much of a chance. Thomson went 3 2/3, allowing seven runs on eight hits and two walks. He almost got out of the fourth down 4-1, but gave up a three-run homer, and given that the bullpen threw 5 1/3 scoreless innings you have to wonder what would have happened if Bobby had given them a chance to get out of that.
The Braves got three runs in the sixth on back-to-back homers by Andruw (with Chipper on) and LaRoche, but didn’t get anything after that, shut down by the Dodgers’ bullpen. Chipper, LaRoche, Johnson, and McCann had two hits apiece, but Furcal and Giles each went 0-4, as did Francoeur.
Brower, Sosa, Boyer, and Farnsworth combined for the 5 1/3 innings of shutout ball. Farnsworth struck out two, and for all I know he’s the closer now. Bobby’s talking committee again.
The Phillies blew a lead in a game against the Natspos that would have pulled them to 3 1/2 back. As it is, the lead is 4 1/2, 5 on the Natspos, 5 1/2 on the Marlins… The Padres come to town next with Hampton facing Chan Ho Park in the opener tomorrow on Turner South. The Braves luckily will duck Jake Peavy, who pitched tonight.