What we have here is Miserable Braves Loss Type 3.1(b), Starting pitcher gives them quality start but they make some dude off the street look like Walter Johnson, plus reliever gives up homer which provides margin of victory. A complete Miserable Braves Loss Type Index will be ready when the team is eliminated (mid-July).
Jorge Sosa allowed a second inning homer, which has been his problem all year but after that was the 2005-vintage Sosa, getting out of trouble repeatedly. I have no confidence that he can repeat this, but I expect he’ll get at least one more start.
But the Braves were shut down by someone named “Ricky Nolasco”. Renteria had a hit and two walks and scored the only run the team got off of Nolasco. Diaz had two hits; LaRoche hit a ninth inning solo homer to cut it to one, which would have tied it but for Tyler Yates’ allowing a homer to Dan Uggla.
People who really need to go, like now, are Francoeur — hitless but the announcers are still making excuses (“Look at the RBIs!”) and Orr, who popped up when pinch-hitting and is now hitting .206 — I’m surprised it’s that high. Betemit got the start at second and went 1-4 with a double but struck out twice.
And now we get the Red Sox, just to see what misery really is. Can someone press the reset button now?