Atlanta Braves vs. Cincinnati Reds – Box Score – June 17, 2009 – ESPN

I think Javier Vazquez is cursed or something. He was easily good enough to win tonight, but made one mistake. To the pitcher. Who, unfortunately, was Micah Owings, who hit a three-run homer in the fifth that turned a 2-1 Braves lead to 4-2 Reds. Vazquez went eight, struck out seven, allowed the other run on a solo homer that really wasn’t hit that well but went out of this pathetic excuse for a ballpark, and is now 4-6 even though he leads the NL in strikeouts.

Yunel Escobar hit a two-run homer in the third to give the Braves the lead, but given several chances (notably, when the Groundhog led off the fourth with a routine single and went to third on a misplay that was so bad they had to give an error even though the centerfielder never touched the ball) couldn’t get anyone home. Their other run scored on a wild pitch. The Braves again outhit the Reds, 7-4, and outwalked them 4-2, but left eight men on base. This is a sad excuse for a baseball team. Francoeur, by the way, sucks.