ESPN – Cardinals vs. Braves – Box Score – July 30, 2008

Boy, is this a bad baseball team. It’s so bad that Jeff Francoeur, who sucks, is one of its best hitters. The Braves led 1-0 early, but once again the offense is so bad that there was no breathing room, and another good starting pitching performance was blown.

Jair Jurrjens got hung for a loss despite a quality start, seven innings, three runs allowed. He really shouldn’t have been in the game to allow the third run — he wound up at 116 pitches, and there is no reason to push him. At any event, he gave up two runs in the fifth, and an RBI double to Pujols in the seventh.

The bullpen has, of course, completely imploded. Most imploded of all is Boyer, who allowed a two-run homer in the eighth. The horrific tandem of Ring and Tavarez allowed two runs in the ninth.

Jeffy drove in the game’s first run, and had two hits, but still really sucks. Infante had three hits, scoring the first run and driving in the other. Kotchman was 0-5, so he’ll fit right in. The Braves left 14 men on base.