What did we do to deserve this?
Mike Hampton (whom nobody wanted at the postseason eligibility deadline, imagine that) pitched pretty well, allowing three runs in six innings for the minimal quality start. The big blow was a two-out two-run homer in the first inning. Is it my imagination, or have there been a whole lot of two-out multi-run homers this year?
Anyway, the Braves rallied back from 3-1 down with two runs in the fifth, then started leaving baserunners on in droves; they outhit the Marlins 11-6. The walks killed. Gonzalez walked them loaded in the ninth then gave up the winning run on a weak sac fly (I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how Brandon Jones couldn’t get a better throw on that). The Marlins didn’t walk anyone.
This is such a bad ballclub that I’m running out of adjectives and printable expletives. Slugging first baseman Martin Prado was 0-5, but the new savior is Josh Anderson, who had three hits.