It is entirely plausible that Bartolo Colon is not a good pitcher anymore. It is the gospel truth that he is not a good pitcher right now. His current mantra is to put his team so deep in the hole after the first inning or two, that his offense has little to no chance to dig themselves out of it. This game was no different. Pitching against our old friend Charlie Morton, Colon allowed five runs before he even recorded an out. Back-to-back-to-back singles followed by back-to-back homers will do that to you. He somehow managed to make it into the 6th inning after that, but two more runs that inning after he had surrendered another home run in the 5th was all Snitker could tolerate. Colon was pulled after 5.2 innings, with an ERA now a lofty 7.22. The good news is we get to see him again in five days. Yay.
The Braves tried to make a game of it in the 6th, when they managed to push across three runs, the last of which was scored on a bases loaded, two-out walk. After Morton was yanked, Danny Santana struck out to end the frame, and the Braves could not muster any other offense for the rest of the game.
The Braves have been on this cold streak for awhile now, so the next hot streak must be just around the corner. Until then, Colon delenda est. Braves pitching delenda est. Heck, the whole Braves team delenda est.
And the Natspos delenda est, because that is never wrong.