Braves cap off season with 90th loss
Atlanta ended their season with a loss as usual. This year was by far they’re most disappointing season in recent memory. Injuries destroyed them while young players could not handle the pressure.
The Atlanta Braves closed out their season in Houston against the Astros. Jorge Campillo was mediocre at best for the Braves. Going 7 innings and allowing 4 earned runs. This was a deficit Atlanta would not overcome until tying the game in the 9th inning. Soon after they tied the game, Julian Tavarez served up the game winning home run to Daren Erstad. This gave the Astros a 5-4 victory in dramatic fashion.
Game 2 was all Atlanta from the start. With 3 runs in the 1st inning and 6 in the second, the Braves gave themselves a comfortable lead. Josh Anderson went 3 for 5 to raise his average to .295. This is not bad for a young player who has tremendous potential. Houston would come up with 5 runs, which was not nearly enough as Atlanta cruised to an 11-5 victory. Jeff Francoeur and Brandon Jones each had 3 RBIs to lead the offense. Atlanta’s starter James Parr did not fair well in this game. He lasted just 4 and 1/3 innings while allowing 4 earned runs. Parr started out his MLB career very nicely, but has since cooled off.
Atlanta sent Mike Hampton to the mound for the season finale. Hampton put in a quality start going 6 innings and giving up 3 earned runs. Houston starter Wandy Rodriguez brought his A game. He went 7 strong innings of 1 run ball. Atlanta couldn’t get the bats going and fell 3-1 to cap off a disappointing season. The good news however is that Chipper Jones won the National and Major League batting title with a .364 average. This is a career best and the second highest for a switch hitter in a single season. Good job Chip.
Despite having a terrible season and having only one true bright spot, there is much to look forward to. Atlanta is loaded with money this off-season and should be a big spender. Maybe the Braves will pick up C.C. Sabathia or Ben Sheets. The name swirling however around is Jon Garland. He would be a nice addition to the Braves pitching staff that is in need of someone to eat up innings. It was a disappointing season, better luck next year.
By Ben Burrows
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