Well, Chris Sampson couldn’t find the strike zone very well tonight – 31 balls of 76 pitches. He hung 3 pitches – 2 went out, 1 went 400′ (NICE catch by Lane) for a sac-fly, and the rest were singles to Lee and Berkman. Lee hardly gets to ANY balls – reminds me of Biggio out there, I swear. Anyhow, I can’t even really scream at the infielders this time. Sampson was pulled after 74 pitches for a pinch hitter, Chris Burke, in the top of the 5th with 2 on. AND Chris came through with an RBI single. Well, they didn’t trade him, they won’t play him, and there he is, wasting his career on the bench.
I was happy to see McLemore in there, actually getting some innings, instead of being wasted as a *(%^&#! LOOGY. He zipped through the 5th, getting 1,2,3 out on 10 pitches. He gave up a homer to Frenchy in the 6th, but heck, that ball wasn’t even in the strike zone – way inside and just below the knees, so it wasn’t exactly a bad pitch. Interesting – I didn’t know that Frenchy could hit the low inside pitches like that – seems to me I remember him being an outside high ball hitter. He then got 3 more outs without giving up any more runs. Palmeiro pinch hit for him in the 7th, so Matt Albers replaced him.
Matt had had 2 great outings in a row, so I guess – uh, things even out. Like Sampson, he couldn’t find the strike zone. Single, walk,walk, sac-fly, FO to the warning track in deepest center, HR over the CF wall, single, blessed groundout to end the Jenningsing. HEY!!! a new word!!! Kind of the opposite of Clemensing, hunh…
Hitters? Loretta, hitting .196 in July, went ofer, as did Lee and Lane. Bruntlett walked twice and made THREE errors, and was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a couple of throwing errors. I don’t blame him for trying to even it up and yeah, I know the safer thing to do was to stay at third. Sometimes, an aggressive play that succeeds like that can swing the direction of the game.
Wigginton went 2 fer 4 and Munson went 1/4 – he was robbed of an RBI single, maybe even double, by a Web Gem catch by Larry Jones.
And speaking of hitters, the Braves managed to score 12 runs without Texiera, who, best I know, should be in the lineup tomorrow.
Wandy will pitch tomorrow – he’s never started at Turner Field – pitched 2/3 of an inning of scoreless relief, but he’s not had real good luck away this year. And it sure looks as if we are NOT going to try to let Scott and Burke just play. I’m not surprised – Phil is NOT going to let go of his musical fielders ideology or his lefty/righty platoon thingy.
So, to end on a happy note, Biggio hit a 2 RBI double to right center – career #662, and he needs 3 more to tie George Brett on the all-time list.