I just wanted to lead off by pointing out that Fredi Gonzalez used Craig Kimbrel to pitch the ninth inning trailing by seven runs. The man shouldn’t be allowed to use sharp pointed scissors, much less manage a baseball team.
The Braves were in it for about four innings. There’s something seriously wrong with Jair Jurrjens; he isn’t just “regressing to the mean”, he’s pitching legitimately worse, much worse. He gave up three homers, including a back-breaking three-run shot to Ryan Zimmerman in the fifth. He walked two and struck out three. He had one good inning, the first.
The Braves had a chance to be the bullies for a little bit. Trailing 1-0 after the first homer Jurrjens gave up in the second, the Braves loaded the bases with no one out in the bottom of the inning. But Alex Gonzalez popped out, and Jason Heyward just missed another grand slam, settling for a game-tying sac fly. It fell apart after that.
Vevn the Lisp couldn’t do his job; Cristhian Martinez gave up three runs, including a two-run homer, in the seventh. Arodys Vizcaino and — of course — Kimbrel looked good. Scott Linebrink is being saved for the close games… Heyward singled in a run in the seventh. So, of course, he’ll sit tomorrow, because that’s what you do with the only guy who drove in any runs.