Oh, what’s the point? The losing streak reaches a week as, yet again, the Braves took an early lead (2-0) and then shut down; they rallied to cut it to one, but left the bases loaded in the seventh when Heyward struck out looking (again).
Derek Lowe looked good the first time through the order — actually he looked great, getting 1-2-3 innings for each of the first three. He was less effective the second time, and got blown up the third time, not leaving until it was 4-2 and getting hung with an inherited run to make it 5-2. LaRussa did his usual overmanaging in the bottom of the seventh, helping the Braves get back to 5-4 as he constantly changed pitchers, but finally his second LOOGY of the inning got Heyward to strike out with the bases loaded. Then he let a pitcher who isn’t his usual closer throw two innings in a one-run game. I don’t get that guy.
The Braves had as many hits as the Cards (six) committed no errors to St. Louis’ 2, and walked twice as often (6 to 3). And lost. This sucks.