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The 10 worst A-Braves games (tie): April 5/9, 2003

Hard to believe a game started by Greg Maddux made it onto our list. Harder to believe two games started by Mad Dog made it. Not only that, they took place in the same week. And the best fielding pitcher ever made errors in both games.

Mad Dog lasted only two innings in the first game, allowing 9 hits and 7 earned. After two starts, his ERA was 11.00

Relievers Trey Hodges and Joey Dawley didn’t ¬†fare much better, as the Marlins jumped to a 16-1 lead in the 6th. I was at that game, with CD. If memory serves we left after the 3rd.

It took 9 innings for the Phils to score 16 runs in the April 9 game, so there was some improvement. Yet Mad Dog’s ERA actually rose; the Phillies pounded him for 12 hits and 10 runs (7 earned) in 5-2/3. Philly’s six remaining runs came off Dawley, which game him a 19.80 ERA. He lowered it to 18.00 after his next two outings, his last as a Brave.

The defense also sucked that day, committing three errors, while the Braves managed but 2 runs off 10 hits. The Braves’ record dropped to 3-6, and they looked worse than that.

But the local nine would recover, winning 101, as would Mad Dog. He finished with 16 wins, thanks to a 3.03 second-half ERA.

This completes our countdown — go here for the full list.

1  2  3   4  5  6   7  8  9    R  H  E
                -  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -    -  -  -
Marlins         3  6  2   0  0  5   0  0  1   17 23  0
Braves          0  0  1   0  0  0   0  0  0    1  8  2

                1  2  3   4  5  6   7  8  9    R  H  E
                -  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -    -  -  -
Braves          0  0  1   0  0  0   1  0  0    2 10  3
Phillies        3  1  0   2  0  4   3  3  X   16 18  0
 
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