The Braves had a short turnaround after a long road trip and apparently slept through this day game.
John Thomson (2-4, 3.75) got nailed, lasting just an inning and a third. He allowed 7 runs (5 earned) on 9 hits, 3 walks, and a strikeout. The Braves made 3 different defensive miscues in the first inning--errors by Renteria, Giles, and an overthrow by Francoeur.
Lance Cormier pitched 3.2 innings of long relief, allowing a run on 3 hits, 3 walks, and a strikeout. Villarreal pitched 2 innings, allowing a run. McBride pitched a scoreless 8th, but Paronto allowed 3 runs in the 9th. It was just that kind of a day.
The Braves were down 7-0 in the 2nd inning, but Brad Penny, coming in with one of the NL's best ERA's, didn't have it today. He got knocked out in the 5th as the Braves cut it to 8-5. But that was as close as it would get, and the Dodgers put the game on ice on a 3 run homer by utilityman Ramon Martinez in the 9th.
Offensive contributors: Edgar Renteria was 3-5 and scored. Todd Pratt was 2-4, doubled, had an RBI, and scored. Marcus Giles was 1-4, doubled, walked, drove in a run, and scored. Chipper Jones was 1-4, walked, and had an RBI.
The Mets and the Phillies have their games tonight with a chance to gain a game on the Braves.
Jorge Sosa against Aaron Sele tomorrow night. Go get some sleep tonight, Braves.