Atlanta Braves vs. Houston Astros – Box Score – September 09, 2009 – ESPN

Look, Soriano is done. He has nothing left. I don’t really care one way or the other if the Braves win, but at this point all you’re doing is hurting his free agent rating.

Soriano’s catastrophic ninth inning — three hits and an intentional walk, one strikeout — blew a tremendous effort by Tommy Hanson. Hanson went eight innings, allowed just five hits, and struck out seven without a walk. He threw 98 pitches (65 of them strikes) and maybe you could have sent him out there for the ninth, but why risk it?

The real problem is that the offense still hasn’t shown up. The Braves had only three hits, two by Diaz. One of them scored Escobar (who reached on a walk) in the second. Yunel, hitting in the cleanup spot, had the Braves’ only two walks. It’s really sad. The games are meaningless, but the sleepwalking is annoying.