This 13-7 defeat wasn’t the worst loss of the ’88 season, just one of many really bad games played by the most godawful team in Atlanta Braves history. They had SEVEN losing streaks of at least 5 games, including the season’s first 10 games in which they were outscored 60-27. The June 28 loss, which dropped the Bravos to 26-47, came amid a 6-game skid and featured some of the more notable scrubs ever to don an Atlanta uniform, including:
*Starting pitcher German Jimenez, who was making his much-unanticipated debut. He was a pudgy Mexican southpaw, leading the optimists among us to dream he would evolve into the next Fernando Valenzuela, or at least Teddy Higuera. He allowed 8 hits and 5 earned in 4-1/3 and won only once in 15 appearances that year.
*Kevin Coffman — a Frank LaCorte away from being the worst pitcher in team history — relieved Jimenez and pitched accordingly, allowing 3 hits and walking 2 in an 1-1/3. Coffman walked 76 in 92 innings as a Brave, good for a 1.830 WHIP and 5.46 ERA.
*Reserve infielder Jim Morrison, who recorded the Braves’ only strikeout in 2-1/3 scoreless frames. He didn’t allow a run in 2 other appearances that year. Good thing he could pitch — Morrison batted .152, but still finished with a better OBP than …
*Andres Thomas, who committed an error. Nothing unusual about that — only 2 National Leaguers topped Andres’ 29 miscues. Hard to get away with that when you have a .544 OPs (just a shade below his career mark).
*Surprisingly, 2B Ron Gant did not make an error. He finished the year with 26 in 122 games and would find himself in Single-A ball the following year. Gant the outfielder was by no means a scrub. Gant the infielder was.
*So was Dion James, who batted third, and starting 3B Ken Oberkfell. Same for catcher Ozzie Virgil, who would’ve made this game the perfect symbol of that lost season had he hit a meaningless solo homer in the 8th with the Braves trailing by 7.
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