In yet another homecoming for yet another former Brave, the Braves had to endure the ignominy of losing to Jason Marquis, who is now 36 and has a lifetime record of 124-115, in case you weren’t feeling old already. Oh, and Brayan Pena had an RBI.
Eric Stults finally snapped the starting pitching streak by going 7 innings, but he also gave up 11 hits and six earned runs. Fredi probably thought the bullpen needed a break. But I think Donnie Veal needs a vacation. He came in in the ninth inning with his trusty gasoline can, walked the leadoff man, and then promptly gave up a two-run homer. Veal has now made two appearances with the Braves and has given up a walk and a home run in each. I don’t think we need to see a third appearance from him. The recently DFA’ed Anthony Varvaro is better; hell, Juan Jaime is probably better.
The Braves scored four runs, entirely thanks to the bottom of the order — the 1-4 hitters all went ohfer. Cameron Maybin, who is a much better baseball player than Eric Young Jr., had an RBI single and a two-run homer, and Andrelton Simmons added an RBI double.
The offense is averaging 4.25 runs per game, and it tells you all that you need to know about this team that the best thing about this team is the offense.