I really, really hate Coors Field. And handing this overworked bullpen to this place was a bad, bad idea.
The Braves led most of the way, again, getting three runs in the first and leading at various times 4-0, 5-1, and 7-3. But Kris Medlen, starting for Vazquez, only went four, leaving with two runners on and nobody out in the fifth. Boone Logan came in and did a great job, getting out of that jam, breezing through the sixth (with the help of one of the four double plays the Braves turned) and getting the first man in the seventh. And then, Bobby came in and took him out, bringing in Manny Acosta, who had pitched the two previous days. It really made no sense — it wasn’t even a lefty/righty thing, since the hitter was a switch-hitter. Acosta gave up three runs, including a two-run homer, and O’Flaherty came in to get out of the inning. Instead of pulling some sort of double switch, Bobby used his most reliable remaining setup man for only one batter.
Moylan, who is completely washed out right now and for whom three days off probably won’t be enough, came in and barely, with the help of a great defensive play, managed to get out of the eighth with the score tied. Having run through basically the entire bullpen, Bobby came in with Luis Valdez, who got to make his major league debut in the ninth inning of a tie game at Coors Field. He got the first man, then allowed a single, got the next, then allowed a double to end it.
Brooks Conrad hit a homer, the Braves’ only one of the series, and was a double short of the cycle. Of course, he later got double-switched out of the game in favor of Yunel, who didn’t start even though he was evidently available, while Diory Hernandez is hitting .149. Brian McCann did not start, even though he’s getting tomorrow and Wednesday off and will probably just play one or two innings on Tuesday… Church had his first hit as a Brave, drove in a run with a groundout, and scored twice.