I really do hate this team.
Once again, the Braves went out to an early 2-0 lead only to blow it. The Hamster ground into a double play with runners first and third and nobody out in the third, because that’s what he does, ground into double plays, but it did produce a 1-0 lead. KJ singled in Teixeira in the fourth, and worked his way over to third with one out, but Francoeur did what he does and popped up and the Braves couldn’t get a run in.
Charlie Morton looked strong through four. He then started having control problems and gave up a run in the fifth on a bases-loaded sac fly. He let the first two reach in the sixth, and then Bobby moronically brought in Ridgway, who is completely useless and immediately gave up a three-run homer.
After spending the seventh and eighth innings sitting on their hands, the Braves got something going in the ninth. Teixeira (DHing) walked to lead off, then Norton (playing first) doubled to make it second and third. Francoeur drove in a run with an infield single, and Infante tied it with a sac fly. McCann hit for the Hamster (as I pointed out in the game thread, McCann’s days off are almost never really days off, because he invariably winds up having to hit for Corky and stay in the game. Miller not only went 0-3 with a GIDP, but also allowed a stolen base and failed to throw out a batter on a leadoff bunt in the sixth, leading to the Rangers’ three-run inning. Tell me again, what exactly is it that he does well?) but grounded out.
Boyer had finished the seventh and pitched the eighth, and Bobby again had a brainfart and left him in. He immediately gave up a double. Ohman, the team’s best reliever all year, came in and got a bunt popup (even Bobby wouldn’t bring in Chris Shelton to pinch-bunt, but Ron Washington would) and then got pulled for Bennett, pitching for (I believe), the 71st time this season, who went 2-1 and then gave up a single to Young to lose it; with two lefties on deck, Bobby easily could have had Ohman pitch around Young. Instead, ballgame.
Chipper had an awful day, 0-4 with a strikeout, and fell to .393. Francoeur may have had a walk and an infield single, but sucks. Not as much as Corky, of course.