– MLB – Box Score – Braves at Cubs

So, it appears that Lance Cormier is not the answer, or that if he is the question is very obscure. Cormier flat-out sucked, giving up a grand slam to Mark DeRosa of all people in the first and solo homers in each of the next two innings, and was chased without getting an out in the fifth. Final line: four innings, eight runs, nine hits, one strikeout, one walk, one loss. It was 9-0 before the Braves got their lone run in the seventh.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia may not be the answer at first base either; he committed an error there after coming into the game in the late innings. Escobar went 0-4 in his second go-round, but he still looks better than Orr or Woodward; Prado was sent down to make room for Cormier. Presumably Pena or someone else will be brought up after the Tuesday double-header.

KJ had hits in his first two ABs — against a lefthander, at that. He’s hitting .316/.409/.513 against lefties, but will probably be out of the lineup the next time. For Woodward, no doubt. Paronto had a good inning and McBride allowed a hit but struck out the side in his one inning of work. That’s about it for the good side.