This horrifying nightmare continues, and frankly I don’t see why it won’t go on longer. The Braves have been awful in every phase of the game during this homestand.
The game was scoreless to the sixth. With two out and nobody on, Smoltz gave up back-to-back doubles followed by a homer to make it 3-0. Yeah, maybe Andruw should have had a play on one of them, but it’s back-to-back doubles followed by a homer; not good.
The Braves got one back in the sixth, LaRoche singling home Chipper, but that was it. Then Pete Orr hit a pinch-hit homer to cut the lead to one, but that’s obviously not something you can rely upon. Marcus almost tied it but his drive hit the wall and bounced off for a triple, and he was stranded at third.
Then McBride, who has been pitching really well, loaded the bases on an infield single and two walks (one intentional). Yates came on to give up a two-run double to essentially end the game.
The Braves head to Houston, which is actually a relief. I’m not sure it matters where they play right now, but losing eight of ten at home is embarrassing.