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Soriano Roughs up Braves

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Lance Cormier again proved to me what I had been dreading and expecting ever since he had set his expectations high from the end of last season and into spring training; he is not a major league caliber pitcher. For the second time he hung every one of his breaking pitches and all his fastballs either were out of the zone or right down the middle. Cormier lasted a mere 3.2 innings allowing five runs on five hits, six walks, and four homers, three by Alfonso Soriano, even with the wind blowing in. The pitching didn't get too much better from there on. Of the four relievers the Braves used, three of them allowed runs, but to Paronto's credit, it was unearned. The Cubs picked up 15 hits and 9 runs overall with every one of their starters getting at least one hit. Again, the Braves just couldn't figure out the big curve from Sean Marshall. Brian McCann was held out of the lineup today after receiving a cortisone shot in his ankle. The offense was anemic today... again. It just seems that without Chipper (could be back during the Twins series) this offense can't find any kind of consistency. The lineup totaled only six hits in nine innings, and one was a cheap infield single by Yunel Escobar. I have to say that I had no intentions of the Braves winning this one. I would be shocked if Cormier wasn't sent down or released after tonight. Buddy Carlyle should get the call and† this is very close to the time where a Matt Harrison call-up wouldn't be out of the question. Kelly Meter: Not a great day, not a bad one. Johnson went 1/4 with his fifth triple of the season and scored the Braves only run. This brings Johnson's average to .288, still keeping him among the game's best leadoff men so far this season.

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