Diamondbacks 11, Braves 1

ESPN – Diamondbacks vs. Braves – Box Score – May 23, 2008

What a nightmare that was. Jo-Jo Reyes (he doesn’t deserve to be called “Joseph” after this performance) gave up five runs in the first, with a pair of homers involved, and basically everyone could go home then. He managed to go five, allowing eight runs on six hits, three walks, and three homers, and his ERA went from 4.12 to 5.84. In Richmond, Chuck James was thinking, “Hey, I could have done that.”

The only chance the Braves had to get into it was in the second. KJ singled in McCann and went to second on an error; Diaz was at first and made it to third. Reyes was up, Bobby didn’t hit for him, and he grounded out to the pitcher. Escobar, back in the lineup, hit a little flare that the rightfielder caught, and that was it. Am I saying the Braves could have won this game if he’d hit for Reyes? Well, it seems unlikely, but after that the game was pretty much over.

Radar Gun came in to allow a two-run homer in the sixth, and Ring capped the scoring allowing a homer in the eighth. You give up five homers, you’re probably going to lose. Chipper had a hit and a walk, raising his average to .415, then left the game since there was no point in him staying in a blowout. McCann had two hits and a walk, then he left; Teixeira and Kotsay took the late innings off too, because what was the point?

24 thoughts on “Diamondbacks 11, Braves 1”

  1. We were due for a game like this.

    Look at it this way…the D’Backs needed 2 runs to beat us and they wasted 9.

  2. You are correct about giving up 5 HR’s in one game.. you will LOSE…and we did…Arizona must have had an ass chewing before the game tonight after losing 6 on the road and turned that ass chewing around on the Braves

  3. Recipe for a blowout? Have your team get swept by the Fish and then bring back a starter who is a cancer survivor… THAT’S a way to wake up some bats (not sure how the Mets could do that, but I bet they’d try it just about now). Sheesh… glad we did family movie night with the kids instead of watching this ugliness.

  4. Phillies almost came back against the Astros, and along the way Valverde took a line drive off the side of his head. He stayed in and saved the game 4-3.

    John Odom of the Calgary Vipers in an independent league got traded for ten bats. We’ve got several guys for whom that price would be excessive.

  5. I heard about that player for bats trade. Fulham, my favorite soccer team, once aquired a player named Zat Knight for several(I want to say 20) track suits.

  6. If you missed it, Soriano pitched a scoreless inning with a strikeout in AA. Assuming he feels good, he should be ready to return.

  7. To reiterate from last thread, I would describe Reyes’ performance not as “god-awful” (which would be apropos for the line he put up) but rather as “wildly inconsistent”. It seemed like he was ahead of hitters for most of the game (well, the first couple innings at least) and keeping the ball down. But then he’d fail to get a guy and walk him, then give up a homer or two.

    I think he’s shown (not tonight in particular) that he can get ML hitters out, but there are clearly some creases in his game that need to get ironed out.

  8. Best response to a loss ever:

    “Look at it this way…the D’Backs needed 2 runs to beat us and they wasted 9”

    The irony about tonight is I was in an oddly good mood around 7 PM.

    Since I am also a die hard Spurs fan, as well as a die hard Braves fan, many of you may imagine me in a somewhat different mood now.

  9. D-bags blow out Braves and the king of all Douchebags blows out the Spurs. Oy. Not a good start to a weekend of celebration.

  10. By the way, on a post earlier this week, someone got my hopes up that we were going to be able to avoid Brandon Webb. I see this is in fact a 4 Game series and we see him Monday. Fun.

  11. Ya know, some times you sweep the Mets; sometimes you get dimed. Sometimes you feel like a nut; sometimes you don’t…

  12. Sometimes Matt Holliday beats the Mets in the 13th, and sometimes he doesn’t. Sadly for the Mess, this was one of those times.

  13. Frankly speaking, I didn’t expect too much things at first game against Dbacks.

    Good-bye & Hi ……..

    Pena designated for assignment
    “The only thing that really hurt was when he [Braves general manager Frank Wren] told me that I was no longer with the team, because this is my family, man,” an emotional Pena said while clearing out his locker Friday.
    What should I say?!?!?!
    Just ….. Adios & Good Luck.

    On the other hand Braves sign Cox to one-year extension. I think no doubt Bobby belongs to Braves. I’d love to see him more.
    Ummm…Actually Bobby Cox is my role model as a manager especially about human resource administration and relationship. I dream of meeting him and taking photos before his retirement. I don’t know it’s possible or not.

    V.I.C.T.O.R.Y Tomorrow is Braves’s turn!

  14. Did anybody happen to catch Gary Carter’s comments about Willie Randolph, wow, you wanna talk about sounding very unprofessional and begging for a job:

    “Boy, I’ll tell you what, I would love that, guys. When I saw that on ESPN today, Mike & Mike, they were talking about it and immediately I got on the phone and I called Jay Horowitz and I asked, ‘Should I try to call Mr. Wilpon?’ If there is this going on I just want them to know of my availability. I’m only a phone call away because my contract allows me to leave the ball club. I could be in New York tomorrow, if necessary, because if there’s anything at the major league level I can leave this job…The comments that David Wright made saying that, you know, there’s no spark, there’s no fire, if anything I would love to bring that to the table because you know me, guys. I love the game, have a great passion for it and you know my enthusiasm, and hopefully I would be able to bring that to maybe help turn that ball club around. There’s way too much talent there for them to be a game under .500 and to lose four in a row to the Braves. That’s just kind of uncalled for and I think that they’ve just become complacent in some ways and ever since their demise of last year. And if you look at Willie’s record it is right around .500 since June of last year. And when you have that much talent there are a lot more expectations than where they’re at right now.”

  15. I’m sorry guys, but Reyes hasn’t really shown me anything. Even his “good” games are: 5 innings, 90 pitches, 3 earned runs. The Braves seem to have a ton of mediocre lefties.

  16. Phillip, lefties traditionally take longer to develop. I’m all for letting Reyes develop at the major league level at this point. He really doesn’t have much left to prove in the minors. I know starts like tonight’s are painful to watch, but I have alot more confidence that he’s going to develop into something than Chuck James at this point (and it pains me to type that).

  17. reyes just needs time. couple his lack of control with a team letdown after the sweep and it being friday night and the pollen being so bad…and the d-bags paying off bobby. it’s kinda like a paid day off. at least the game was over in time to catch Kobe’s douche baggery.
    the braves will get back on the horse. i look forward to seeing how Campillo does on the mound tonight.

  18. #19

    It’s too bad that the title of king of the douchebags has already been taken in this thread, because otherwise I’d award it to Gary Carter. He was a smarmy, overpraised, self-serving tool 25 years ago, and remains one today.

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