ESPN – Cubs vs. Braves – Box Score – August 13, 2008

When will it end?

Charlie Morton had nothing; he was removed trailing 4-0 with one out in the third. As I and several others remarked at the time, this is an extraordinarily quick hook, especially for the first game of a double-header. Carlyle came in and he pitched well, but the team wasn’t coming back and anyway the other relievers stunk up the joint.

The Braves had essentially one chance to get back in it, loading the bases with two out in the third. But after working the count full and fouling off several pitches, McCann popped up on what was probably ball four, though you can never tell with umpires these days. They did cut it to 4-1 on a Kotsay double in the fourth, but then the roof caved in.

Bobby was ejected for yelling at a showboating umpire before the inning began. By the end, Nunez had allowed three runs to put it away. He stayed in, and gave up another run in the sixth. McCann doubled and scored in the bottom of the inning to make it 8-2. Finally, Francisley “No Es” Bueno gave up a two-run homer in the ninth, and later got ejected. Guess who came in to mop up in a lost cause in the first game of a double-header! Yes, Blaine Boyer. His arm did not fall off, but give it time.

This will serve as a game thread for the no doubt depressing night game.