ESPN – Braves vs. Diamondbacks – Box Score – August 10, 2008

Jeff Francoeur is a horrible, horrible player. Without him: 11 runs. With him: team’s only rally killed by bases-loaded double play. It doesn’t really matter, except that he’s so bad that eventually even the Braves would notice. You’d think.

Mike Hampton was useless, getting lifted after the fourth after allowing six runs. Oddly, he only allowed seven baserunners. He’s very efficient. The bullpen did a good job in their four innings of work — two shutout innings by Nunez, one by Tavarez, and one by Boyer, who collectively allowed one hit and one walk.

The Braves got their only run in the sixth on a sac fly by Infante. However, with the bases loaded and one out, the Out Machine came to the plate, and as he has done so very often Francoeur grounded into a double play to difuse the Braves’ only real threat. He is a horrible, horrible ballplayer, if I haven’t mentioned that, and was 0-4 with two strikeouts.

The Braves actually outhit their opponents, 7-6, and drew three walks to Arizona’s two. But, you know, Francoeur, who sucks. I mean it’s not all his fault, but he is driving me crazier. What is the point of playing him at all? I mean, if we’re trying to talk to improve drafting position or something, why not shut Jurrjens and Gonzalez down to keep them healthy?