Wow. I just realized, I completely don’t care that the Braves lost a game they once led 7-0 and that Kali Yates, yet again, blew a game. It’s his fifth “blown save” — really, blown hold — which is pretty remarkable considering that before the last six weeks he was mostly used in middle and long relief. He’s just so awful it’s getting comical. I was mostly watching the Giants-Seahawks game, because it does my heart good to see a Manning and a New York team get their face ground into the mud.
Oh, the Braves game. The Braves scored five runs in the first on one hit — a grand slam by McCann. Juan Morillo (a rookie starter we’ve never seen, and we hit him?) walked the bases loaded then hit Andruw, and Brian followed with the slam. In the fourth, we had solo shots by Chipper and McCann to take a 7-0 lead.
But Chuck James, after pitching well for three innings, gave two runs back in the bottom of the inning and a grand slam in the fifth. I hate Coors Field, if I haven’t said it already. Humidor? The only thing that would improve this place is plastic explosives. Renteria got a run back in the sixth with a solo homer to make it 8-6.
The Vulture got through the sixth, but McBride gave up a two-out double to score a run in the seventh. Enter the Destroyer, who allowed a two-run homer in the eighth and was lucky to get away without allowing another run when the next batter tripled. He’s very very bad. The Braves got two singles in the ninth but couldn’t get the tying hit, which would have brought Langerhans to the plate because Bobby used him to run for Chipper, who was only 3-3 with two walks. Ugh. McCann had three hits.
The last off day of the season. I prefer to think of it as a preview of the nirvana of never seeing the 2006 Braves ever ever again.