– MLB – Box Score – Diamondbacks at Braves

The low point.  I think this is the absolute lowest point the Braves have been in the last fifteen years.  Lower than when they were way back of the Giants in 1993 (before the McGriff trade).  Lower than when the strike hit.  Lower than two years ago when I started talking about who the Braves should trade for prospects.  They just suffered a four-game sweep at home at the hands of the Diamondbacks, and none of the games was a one-run game.  In none of them did they play particularly well and lose.  In none of them did they lead.  Only the first game was close throughout.

Jorge Sosa gave up four runs in the first two innings.  He settled down after that, but there’s little call for pitchers who only pitch well when they’re down four runs.  Well, except in the Braves’ bullpen.  The good:  four strikeouts and no walks.  The bad:  two homers, nine hits, five runs, all earned, in six innings.

The Braves clawed back to 5-3 down on a two-run homer by Renteria in the seventh.  (Renteria drove in all three runs for the Braves.)  But they couldn’t get anything in the eighth.  McBride — virtually the only bright spot in this series — and Remlinger kept it in reach.

Then the man.  The legend.  Reitsma.  He gave up a single and a double, then a three-run homer to Babe Easley.  He got two, then allowed a homer to Tony Clark.  9-3.  I can hardly complain.  It wouldn’t have been right to not lose a game by six runs.

The Braves got three hits from Marcus and two each from Renteria and LaRoche, but only two from the rest of the team combined.  Betemit got a start at third and had a walk.

Three against the Natspos, who will probably look like the Big Red Machine by the time we’re done with them.