Are these Braves as bad as the ’88 version, which started the season 0-10? I’m beginning to think so.
Only 1,938 showed up at Fulco to watch the 7th game of the ’88 season vs. the Astros. Zane Smith promptly allowed three runs in the first, but the Braves evened the score in the bottom half against Nolan Ryan. And then gave it up in the top of the 2nd. Sound familiar?
Mallex is back in the line-up. So is Jeff Francoeur, making his Braves debut in LF for Hector Olivera, who actually looks worse this year. And the right-handed half of the worst platoon in Braves history, Gordon Beckham, gets the nod at 2B.
Beckham and Jace Peterson, who make Keith Lockhart and Tony Graffanino look like Chris Chambliss and Bob Watson in comparison, have 3 hits and 3 walks in 24 ABs.
Smith 8, Markakis 9, Freeman 3, Garcia 5, Francoeur 7, Aybar 6, Flowers 2, Beckham 4, Chacin 1.