The Good: Well, it stared off great! In the first, Escobar and Kelly both reached base in front of Jenny Francoeur, who batted third because Bobby let Jenny’s dad pick the batting order. After watching Jenny and Tex strike out ( at least the didn’t hit into a double play) Ormeg Norfante (Norton) hit a three run shot to give the Braves an early lead.
The Bad: Tom Glavine. [He’s going back on the DL – Mac] He just didn’t have it tonight. He went three unproductive innings before he had to leave the game with an elbow strain and will miss his next start. He gave up four runs, but it could have been much worse. The thing is; the game should have been tied when he left. Norfante (Infante) had a leadoff triple in the top of the second, but was somehow stranded there.
The Ugly: The Braves awoke from hibernation mode in the eighth by working the count. At least that is what Joe Simpson called it. I have no idea what this “working the count” thing means. That would be stupid baseball! The best thing to do is swing for the fence every time because that is our team philosophy! After the Braves managed to get within a run, Acosta promptly imploded (or did his normal thing, however you want to view it) and gave up four runs, which none were earned because Acosta can’t catch. Jenny hit into a double play to end it.
This was another terrible showing. I am not sure this ball club could tread water in the International League (where half the team belongs,) much less the Major F’ing Leagues. Our MVP tonight was Norfante, ugh!
The news gets better as Carlos Zambrano has been moved up a day to pitch Thursday. We better win tomorrow.