– MLB – Box Score – Braves at Phillies

You have got to be kidding me. Wickman has succumbed to the Curse of Gene Garber, and the Braves lost a game after rallying from five runs down in the eighth.

After Renteria’s solo homer in the first, the Braves didn’t do anything for six innings. Meanwhile, Hudson allowed six runs, mostly on three homers by Ryan Howard. Seven innings, six hits, three homers, four strikeouts, two walks. If it wasn’t for Howard, he wouldn’t have pitched badly, but it doesn’t work that way.

But in the eighth, Todd Pratt (given the start) hit a two-run homer with Diaz aboard to make it 6-3. The Braves loaded the bases with nobody out in the ninth, and LaRoche drove in a run with a groundout. Instead of walking Diaz with the tying runs on base, Manuel (in yet another of his genius moves) let a lefty pitch to him. Home run, Braves lead 7-6.

But Wickman allowed an infield single and a bunt, then walked a pinch-hitter (Randall Simon!). Rollins drove in the tying run, and Langerhans airmailed the throw allowing the runners to advance to second and third. With the infield in, what might have been a 4-6-3 double play and certainly would have been an out turned into a game-winning single. Langerhans or Hudson could be in the Doghouse, but really there’s no room:


Chipper took the day off with soreness in his side, and Marcus is in Atlanta for tests. Game thread for game two. Here’s a video:

And because I know someone will suggest it now: