Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals – Box Score – April 21, 2009 – ESPN

I’m really starting to hate this team.

Ninth inning, trailing by one. Diaz leads off with a walk. Schafer pulls a pitch towards the line for a double, second and third, none out. A golden opportunity. The Braves do not score. Ace pinch-hitter Greg Norton grounds out to the pitcher to go 0-11 on the season. Kelly Johnson pops out. Escobar grounds out to second. Chipper stands on deck and watches.


Also typical was the Braves blowing an early lead. They got all their runs in the first before Hibernation Mode set in. Chipper and McCann walked, Kotchman doubled Chipper in, and Francoeur hit an infield single that also scored Kotchman because the shortstop screwed up a throw that wouldn’t have gotten him anyway. The Nats got a run back in the bottom of the inning, but Kawakami shut them down for the next four, before giving up a leadoff homer to Dunn in the sixth. The next man reached, then Diaz misplayed a fly ball into a single and a two-base error, chasing Kawakami. Bennett held the runner for the next two batters, then gave up the Grybo to give the Nats the lead.

There was lots of nonsense on the night, like Prado somehow getting thrown out trying to steal third with two out and Chipper at the plate in the seventh, and the time in the sixth when Schafer overran second base on a double, again with two out, fell down, and was thrown out before he could get back to the plate. It’s simply incompetence, and there is no excuse for it. You can’t win every game, and you will make outs, but stupid outs are another matter and there is no excuse for them.

Again, this is the game thread. Recap will be tonight for a change, unless something unexpected happens.