Apparently, Yogi’s wisdom is not always true. This game was over long before it was over.
An inauspicious beginning set the tone. Ervin Santana was not locating any of his pitches, and he gave up grand slam to Mark Reynolds, the fifth batter of the game. Six of the Brewers’ first 7 hitters reached safely and Roger McDowell had to make a 1st-inning visit to the mound, something you never want to see your pitching coach have to do.
Santana settled down somewhat over the next two innings, but in the 4th he walked Kyle Lohse on 5 pitches with two outs. If walking a guy with two outs is a cardinal sin, walking a pitcher in that situation is a deadly sin. Carlos Gomez immediately made him pay with an opposite-field two-run homer. This is the second poor outing in a row for Santana, who needs to remember he’s pitching for a fat free agent contract this winter.
On the plus side, Santana does work really fast, so he did not prolong the agony this evening. In an era where most pitchers seem to take as much time as possible between pitches, Santana’s pace is really refreshing.
In the bottom of the first, The Offense and Justin Upton hit back-to-back doubles, but then the team decided that hibernation mode was a comfortable place to be, and that was that as far as the Braves’ offense went. Upton and Regression, hitting back-to-back, were the antithesis of each other. Upton finished 3-for-4 with the Braves’ lone RBI, while Regression turned in a hat trick at the plate. He did manage to not hit into any double plays, so I guess his performance tonight was an improvement over his past week.
Oh, well. You can’t win ‘em all. If we win tomorrow night, we win the series, so let’s do that.
Although the Braves did not seem to be in a celebratory mood this evening, today was Bobby Cox’s birthday. It’s hard to believe that only four active players on the Braves roster ever played for #6.
Natspo(s) delenda est.