The sweep by the Phillies took me back to a time I’d rather forget.
It was the first weekend in June 2008. The Braves, coming off a 17-win May, had closed to within 3-1/2 of the Phils and held a 2-1 lead entering the 9th inning of the series opener. After Will Ohman struck out Ryan Howard, Blaine Boyer entered the game and coaxed a weak grounder from Pat Burrell. After walking Geoff Jenkins, and Pedro Feliz, Boyer had Chris Coste where he wanted him, and on a 1-2 pitch the Phils catcher hit a harmless pop-up in back of second base. Can of corn — but instead Kelly Johnson creamed his pants. Tie game. The Phils would go on to sweep the series and the Braves never recovered en route to a 72-90 season.
The Braves should win more than that this year, but at the rate they’re going .500 may be a stretch. Following their 17-7 start only the Rays (.354), Mets (.383) and Padres (.391) have a winning percentage worse than the local nine (.404). It’s looking as if April was the outlier and everything since, the norm.
Fredi ain’t helping matters when he runs out of a line-up with B.J. hitting 2nd. There’s really no defending it.
1. TLS 2 B.J. 3. Freddie 4. Gattis 5. Jay Hey 6. Johnson 7. Doumit 8. Simmons 9. Floyd
Odds and ends: Justin still experiencing slight dizziness, which is worrisome but we’re told he should be good to go tomorrow. Speaking of going, Pedro Beato is headed to the DL after just one game. Hard-throwing Juan Jaime gets the call from Gwinnett, where he has a 2.39 ERA, 13 saves and 40 strikeouts in 26-1/3. Oh, and 20 walks.