The pitching staff found a way to lose a 6-2 lead and the game, as the Nationals rallied to win. The usually sure-handed defense also committed 3 errors. Maybe it's a good thing I couldn't watch the game.
Horacio Ramirez pitched 5 shaky innings, giving up 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits, 3 walks, and 3 strikeouts.
Blaine Boyer, with the 1.82 ERA, pitched the 6th against the bottom of pathetic Nationals batting order for no apparent reason.
Kyle Davies pitched the 7th and gave up a solo homer to Vinny Castilla to make it 6-4. He then started the 8th and let the first 2 baserunners get on. Foster (4-2) came on and gave up a game-tying double and walked a batter. Kolb then came into pitch because Bobby evidently didn't care about this game and let the inherited runners score.
The Braves got their runs by scoring 2 in the 1st on 3 consecutive hits, and scored 4 in the 4th highlighted by a 3 run homer by Andruw. 6 runs weren't enough tonight.
Offensive contributors: Andruw was 2-4 with his 46th homer, a double, had 4 RBIs (he now has 118 RBIs), and scored twice. Adam LaRoche was 2-4 with an RBI. Rafael Furcal was 2-5 with an RBI and scored.
The Phillies beat the Marlins, so the Magic Number is reduced to 16.
Chris Reitsma is day-to-day with a sore hamstring.
Jorge Sosa will pitch against Livan Hernandez tomorrow afternoon; I'll be busy so my recap won't be up until late tomorrow night.