Satoshi vs Homika just made Satoshi really unlikable. It was worse than a pity badge. I mean the 'pity' badges at least suggest that the gym leaders felt he was nice enough to be pitied. Here it just made him look weak.
For the most part, I tend to hate the writing more than I hate Satoshi when he does something stupid. I mean there were lots of painful moments in Jouto but they just made him seem bland more than irritating.