– MLB – Box Score – Padres at Braves

I want to throw things. Spotted a 3-1 lead, Mike Hampton promptly let it go to 3-2, then utterly collapsed in the fourth inning. Then Jim Brower came in to put the game away. It was 9-2 by the time Brower was gone.

But the Braves came back! It was 9-6 after six, then 9-7 after seven. They even had the tying run on base with two out, but for once Francoeur didn’t have the magic. Still, they had made it a ballgame, and at least could force the Padres to use Hoffman to close it and work the bullpen.

Ah, but then came Kolb. Once again, he let the first two reach. Then he got a groundball, one out. But then he allowed a homer to make it 12-7 and essentially end the ballgame. I hate Dan Kolb. I also hate Jim Brower, and he’s cheap; can we release him now? Braves pitchers allowed an unbelievable twenty hits to a Padres team coming off consecutive shutouts at the hands of the Marlins.

Sosa pitched well, bailing out Brower in the fifth. Reitsma recorded two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 ninth, now that it doesn’t matter… The French Connection (LaRoche and Francoeur) had four and three hits respectively and each scored two runs.

Luckily, the Phillies and Natspos lost. But look, there are the Marlins, now they’re only 4 1/2 back! This homestand is rapidly turning into a major flop. Against a division where all teams are below .500, the Braves are .500 on the homestand… Fox day game tomorrow, Ramirez returns to the rotation against Pedro Astacio. Over/Under, combined runs: 16 1/2. Over/Under, combined home runs: 5 1/2.