The good news for Lance Cormier is that he only allowed three hits. The bad news is that he did that in only two innings, that two of the hits were homers, that he walked four without a strikeout, and allowed five runs, getting pulled with nobody out in the third trailing 5-3 after the Braves had scored three in the top of the inning to dig out of his first hole. Buddy Carlyle came in and did yeoman work, only to hurt his elbow (a hyperextention, they say) meaning that Cormier’s going to get more starts anyway. It doesn’t really matter.
They only got one more run, on a Corky Miller solo homer (!) and as usual left a bunch of runners on base. (I would be more sarcastic but I’m just filled with love right now.) Mahay, pitching his second inning after pitching yesterday, gave up two runs in the eighth to give the Nats breathing room. The Braves got the first two on and loaded the bases with one out in the ninth, but Chipper grounded into a double play to end it. I’m surprised he didn’t bunt. (There’s the sarcasm!)