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Braves 13, Cubs 12 (11 innings)

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Mostest Bizarrest game ever. The Braves hit a franchise record 8 home runs in the game. That's the most home runs that the Cubs have ever allowed in a game, which I cannot fathom. Meanwhile, the Cubs managed to not hit any homers. Theories for why Bobby did what he did in the 9th: 1. Ray and Remlinger are tired from overuse. 2. Needed further reason to boot Reitsma from the closer's role. 3. Villarreal slept through game and the phone call to the bullpen. 4. Bobby felt sorry for Dusty and the Cubs. 5. Bobby was sleeping in the dugout, and Dan Kolb was filling in as manager. 6. Bobby knew whatever he did, the Cubs would lose anyway. With the Braves leading 12-8 in the bottom of the 9th, and with the wind blowing out to the tune of 15 MPH, he brought in the worst pitcher on the team this year, Lance Cormier. After Cormier left with 2 runners on and 1 out, he brought in Dan Kolb version 2006: Chris Reitsma. It was a save situation with a 4 run lead. The only reason to believe that he would save it would be because it was the Cubs. Reitsma gave up a 2 run double to Ronny Cedeno to make it 12-10. Then, an RBI triple to Neifi "worst major leaguer ever" Perez. Still only one out, now 12-11. Little Freddy Bynum hit a little ground ball, and Reitsma threw to the plate. Safe. Tie game. Reitsma got out of the inning with the potential winning run on 3rd base, only because it was the Cubs. Ryan Langerhans led off the top of the 11th. He hit a pop-up. Aramis Ramirez missed it, it bounced off the top of his head, and rolled into foul territory. Langerhans got to 2nd. Brayan Pena got him to 3rd on a groundout, and after Betemit struck out, Giles knocked him in to give the Braves a 13-12 lead. John Smoltz pitched 6 innings, allowing 8 runs (6 earned) on 10 hits, 3 walks, and 1 strikeout. He was clearly off from the beginning. Then, to make matters worse, he hurt his leg covering first with one out in the 2nd inning. Despite the fact he was limping badly, Smoltz convinced Bobby to let him stay in the game. All 6 innings, 8 runs, bad leg. I don't get it. Paronto pitched a scoreless 7th, McBride a scoreless 8th. The Cubs got 4 in the 9th against the Reitsma/Cormier combination, who both have ERA's above 6. Villarreal (7-0) vultured another win with a scoreless 10th, and Ray got the save with a scoreless 11th. Offensive contributors: Everyone. Boxscore. Also, the Braves struck out 18 times, 9 of them against reliever Glendon Rusch. Todd Pratt had to leave the game with a right arm contusion after a collision with Michael Barrett. Pena came in to catch the rest of the game. The Braves now go home to play the wild-card leading Dodgers. Thomson against Brad Penny tomorrow afternoon.

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