Pitcher gets sent down to AAA, he doesn’t really get any better, but cuts his ERA from 5.70 to 5.10 in just six innings because he’s facing the Braves. If Mike Leake hadn’t allowed that one run, he could have gotten it under five. This habit of looking defenseless against the dregs of both leagues isn’t funny anymore.
Speaking of defenseless, the Braves are that, committing three errors though only one run was scored “unearned”. Alex Gonzalez is really good on defense, and Martin Prado has been good, the rest of the team is awful. Brooks Conrad might as well start, he couldn’t be any worse.
Tommy Hanson gave up a run in the second, a run in the fourth, and a run in the fifth, the last of which he wasn’t around for any more because he’d thrown 98 pitches. The Reds aren’t being “aggressive” and presumably Larry Parrish would tell them if they swung more often they’d be leading the league in runs by more.
The Braves one run came on a sac fly by Dan Uggla in the sixth. They did not lack baserunners; they had only one fewer hit than the Reds and walked the same number of times, though admittedly Cincinnati wasn’t giving up free outs by getting thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double, and wasn’t giving extra baserunners via terrible defense. The Braves left eleven on base; the Reds left fourteen.