You’ll notice that I’ve gone back to ESPN links. I’m not superstitious, but…
Anyway, this was an expected loss, but the manner of it was extremely frustrating. Anthony Lerew went only two innings, allowing three runs, before getting pulled. Villarreal managed to get through an inning unscathed, but Bobby then came back with Redman, which is essentially inexplicable. But what about Redman’s presence isn’t? He didn’t allow a run in the fourth, but blew up the game in the fifth, allowing four runs and getting only one out. Paronto got the last two outs, then gave up five more runs in the sixth to make it really ugly.
Meanwhile, the Braves hadn’t scored yet. They finally did in the seventh, Saltalamacchia (who came in for McCann once the game was lost) singling in Chipper and Francoeur following with a two-run homer. Of course, it was 12-3 at the time. McBride gave up a solo homer in the bottom of the inning for the final score.
The Braves had ten hits and got lots of leadoff runners on only to strand them or get them erased on double plays. Francoeur had three hits, as did Renteria, and Saltalamacchia was 2-2 in his relief role. You do the math and see what the rest of the lineup did. Andruw is now down to .219 and really needs to be dropped in the order for his own good. He’s pressing. I’d flip him and Francoeur.
This serves as the game thread for the nightcap. Here is a video.