Seriously, Arizona has to be embarrassed. I’d ask when football season starts, but hey, it’s the Cardinals. When’s basketball season? The DBacks committed four errors, saw their second baseman go down with an injury when he tried to catch a terrible throw, and generally looked like, well, the Braves.
McCann gave said Braves a 2-0 lead with a first inning homer (scoring Chipper). The ‘Backs cut it to 2-1 in the fourth, then took the lead in the fifth with two runs, the main play being an error by Escobar. But then came the sixth, when the Braves scored seven runs while Arizona looked like a group of players that had never previously met. KJ hit a two-run double past the first baseman that at minimum he should have knocked down, giving the Braves the lead; Jurrjens followed with a single, chasing Dan Haren in favor of our old pal Juan Cruz.
Cruz couldn’t have done as much to help out if he’d still been wearing a Braves uniform. He walked Blanco (who had three on the night, and was playing right field, even though he can’t throw, in place of the Out Machine) and then hit Escobar to force in a run. He rallied to strike out Chipper, but McCann singled in two on another play the fielder (this time the third baseman) probably should have made. And the third baseman then made a terrible throw to the plate that somehow Cruz wound up fielding. McCann advanced to second on the throw, and Cruz threw the ball right into his body; Orlando Hudson, trying to catch it, broke his wrist in a collision. McCann then stole third and came home on a throwing error. Really, just horrible baseball all around.
The DBacks got one run back in the bottom of the inning; Jurrjens gave up four runs, three “earned” in six innings, which isn’t too bad in that park. Carlyle pitched the next two innings. He also singled and scored in the eighth, coming in on an Escobar double; Yunel went to third on another throwing error and then wound up scoring on a sac fly. Nunez pitched the ninth, letting the first two on and then getting out of it. The last out was on batter’s interference, which just says a whole lot about the way that Arizona is playing. Which kind of stinks, because it helps the f-ing Dodgers.