The Braves. Sigh.
Jair Jurrjens is on the DL, and now Tommy Hanson has gone completely Albie on us. Hanson was charged with seven runs in three and a third, and allowed four homers. In the first, he allowed a solo homer to Justin Turner, just his third of the season, then a single and a double to make it 2-0. He somehow got out of a second-and-third, none-out situation in the second.
In the third, the Braves batted around for five runs, getting singles from Bourn, Freeman, Uggla, Ross, and AAG and a walk by Prado. And Hanson immediately gave two runs back, giving up a two-out homer to Jason Bay in the bottom of the inning. In the fourth, Michael Bourn singled leading off… then got caught stealing in front of Martin Prado‘s triple, and Freddie Freeman and Dan Uggla struck out.
As I’ve said before, nobody knows why Fredi does much of what he does. For instance, he just sat there and let Hanson lose the game. Josh Thole hit the third homer off of Hanson leading off the fourth. Jose Reyes walked, stole second, and stole third, but it wasn’t until Turner doubled his home run count for the year to make it 7-5 that Fredi finally went to Cristhian Martinez.
The Braves had lots of chances to get back even — second and third, one out in the fifth, no runs. They got one run on an Alex Gonzalez groundout with two on in the sixth. But Fredi, in his mystical way, brought in George Sherrill in the bottom of the inning to relieve Anthony Varvaro with a runner on second and one out. By the time Sherrill finished, it was 10-6. Scott Proctor, because he is Scott Proctor, added a run in the eighth; Uggla hit a solo shot in the ninth to get the last run. This team needs a righthanded reliever. And a new manager. And a new training staff.