I can’t even really complain. This game was never in serious doubt from the moment this afternoon when Chipper was scratched from the lineup with a “tweaked groin”, which is something I don’t know if you’re allowed to say. Even with Chipper, the equation was pretty simple:
[(Chuck James) + (Home Run Haven)]/(Tough lefthanded pitcher) = L
Without Chipper, it just got a little easier to solve. The Braves got four hits in the game, never more than one in any inning, and only one (McCann with two out in the seventh) for extra bases. They drew only two walks, both in the eighth, the only inning in which they remotely challenged.
James, meanwhile, was lucky to give up only five runs in four innings; he allowed three homers (which is kind of expected) but also walked five with no strikeouts. It’s hard to pitch much worse than that; his fielding-independent ERA for the game must have been off the charts. It’s really time for him to go to AAA and stay there until he figures something out. Or doesn’t. Maybe he should go back to thinking.
Jorge Campillo pitched three shutout innings, and Bobby may start looking at him for a start soon. Resop pitched a shutout eighth with the Phillies in Hibernation Mode.