I won’t say that the Braves are dead, but they’re not at all well.
It started fine. Kawakami loaded the bases with none out in the first, but got out of it unscathed, then McCann hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the inning. Kawakami then looked great for the next four innings. But then came the sixth, the first of the worst four innings that the Braves have played this year. Considering the competition, probably the worst anyone has played. The Mets wouldn’t sign for those four innings, in which the Braves were outscored 12-1 and used five pitchers.
The game was tied at three by the time Bobby got Kawakami out of there. But O’Flaherty, who has been quite reliable, had nothing and got only one out while giving up three runs; Moylan had to finish the inning for him. The Braves got a run back in the bottom of the sixth. Since the game was uncomfortably close, Bobby used Norton to pinch-hit with two on and two out, thereby guaranteeing they wouldn’t get a hit to close the gap further, then brought in Acosta to pitch the next two innings and give up four runs. Man, is he bad. Dan Kolb bad, Blaine Boyer after the injury bad. Logan pitched a catastrophic ninth, giving up three more runs. McCann, who deserves better than to play on this team, singled in a meaningless run in the ninth. He was 3-5.