Maybe I should have gone with “Low” for the game thread. Or “Everybody Hurts”.
Not that Derek Lowe was singularly to blame for the latest in this series of debacles. He didn’t pitch well, mind you, but he allowed three runs in six and a third. That’s a putative “quality start”. Run in the second, solo homer in the fifth, run in the sixth, relieved by Scott Linebrink — because why not — in the seventh.
There was just no offense. The Braves were held to three baserunners in the first seven innings by — why not — Javier Vazquez. It’s a good thing that the Marlins finally dumped Wes Smelms or he probably would have hit two three-run homers yesterday. Martin Prado had a single, Jason Heyward had a double (which should have scored Brian McCann, who had walked, but didn’t) and that’s it. They got two runners on in the ninth which should have gotten the tying run to the plate, but Anthony Varvaro gave up a solo homer in the eighth. And nobody would have scored anyway. And any Braves playoff tickets are rapidly accruing collector’s item status.