ESPN – Braves vs. Phillies – Box Score – July 26, 2008

I am so angry right now… I really, really, really, hate this team. Francoeur the most, of course, but…

The Phillies took an early 3-0 lead, getting two runs in the second and one in the third. But the Braves erupted for nine runs in the fourth — off of Cole Hamels, mind you — and looked to be coasting. The big blow was a three-run homer by Teixeira, but everyone participated. (Francoeur, who sucks, was only able to manage a sac fly.)

Mike Hampton did indeed pitch, though he still hasn’t pitched well in three years. The top of the fifth ended with the most Francoeuriest moment in all of Francoeurdom, as Francoeur, who not only sucks but is extremely stupid, got thrown out at third to end the inning on a bloop single over third base. He apparently was thinking — or whatever it is he does in lieu of thinking — that “hey, we’re up six runs, why not?”

Of course, the Braves gave up seven runs in the bottom of the fifth. Hampton left without recording an out. It was 9-7 with two out when Boyer gave up a three-run homer. And that was it.

The Braves had baserunners all over the place, but couldn’t get any of them home. They didn’t leave anyone in the fourth, but left eight runners in the game, seven from the fifth through eighth innings. It was awful. As it this team. Sell.