What’s the damn point? The Braves can’t beat Jeff Suppan when they get one of their best pitching performances of the year. They were limited to four hits, all before the sixth. They had scoring chances in the first and third, both times two-out rallies by Chipper and Teixeira, only for McCann to make outs. That was it.
Joseph Reyes was great, going 7 innings and striking out a career-high nine. But he walked the leadoff man in the eighth, Bobby pulled him (sure, now he goes to the bullpen, when a pitcher had retired the previous fifteen in a row or something like that, not when the pitcher has been struggling for three innings) and Boyer allowed a two-out triple to score the game’s only run. So Reyes, who was the best player on the field tonight, gets stuck with a loss. Stupid, stupid stat.
Chipper was 1-2 and is hitting .418. An umpire with delusions of grandeur (in other words, an umpire) decided to make himself the center of attention in the top of the eighth, and after calling Teixeira out on a pitch at shin level and several inches outside, then let Suppan throw strike two to McCann when he wasn’t even in the batter’s box. This team sucks on the road.