The Braves got on the board first, plating runs on RBI doubles by Kelly Johnson and Garret Anderson, but, unfortunately, they were unable to put any other runs across. Javier Vazquez, after pitching six scoreless innings, finally gave up the lead in the 7th on an RBI double by the overly tatooed Ryan Roberts and pinch hit RBI single off the bat of Chris Young. After taking things into extra frames, the Diamondbacks came out victorious, putting the winning run across on an Eric Byrnes dribbler up the middle. Jeff Bennett took the loss for Atlanta, his second of the season.
David Ross and Justin Upton won't be sharing a beer any time soon, as Ross took exception to the way Upton flipped his bat after talking a walk, leading to a toothless bench clearing incident. Frankly, Ross has been outstanding for the Braves this season as Brian McCann's backup, so if he occasionally feels the need to teach a young player the right way to play the game, I'm all for it.
Despite the loss, it's worth noting that this was another quality start for Vazquez, and the bullpen, with the exception of Bennett, pitched spectacularly again, with Eric O'Flaherty pitching a scoreless 2/3 of an inning (seriously, who thought he'd be this good?), Rafael Soriano adding a scoreless inning, and Mike Gonzalez adding two more scoreless innings.
Yet, despite the positives, the Braves have lost 5 of 6 at the hands of a pair of less than stellar National League West teams, immediately after sweeping one of the better teams in the American League. The helter-skelter nature of the current Atlanta team is enough to drive a fan mad.
|Final - 5.30.2009||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10||11||R||H||E|
|WP: Tony Pena (5 - 2)
LP: Jeff Bennett (2 - 2)