So, that’s it? We’re just going to lie down on the road this year? I have run out of words for my disgust for the way this team plays in road games.
The Braves got two runs in the first on a Teixeira homer — against a lefty, at that. It might have been more but for another one of Bobby’s blockheaded first-inning bunts. (I have run out of words for the stupidity of these bunts as well and had to look up synonyms for “stupid” online. I thought about “hebetudinous” and may use it next time.) In this case, Infante — I have no idea why he is leading off, what with his .298 career OBP, or why Bobby is suddenly platooning KJ, but he was 3-4 — doubled to lead off the game. Bobby then had one of his best hitters, Escobar, bunt. Predictably, Infante was thrown out at third. I honestly think that any team that pursues such stupid strategy deserves to lose.
And lose they did. Chuck James got through the first fine, but gave up a run in the second and a two-run homer in the fourth, and we could have all gone home after that, but he added a two-run double in the sixth after Bobby had him walk LaRoche with two out and a righthander due up next. Honestly, he couldn’t have managed worse.
Chipper was 0-4 and has officially, finally, cooled off. Fortunately, Teixeira seems to be heating up, with two hits and a walk. Campillo had another good two-inning outing. It’s almost like relievers can pitch more than an inning at a time. Nah.