Kelly Johnson finally broke out, and the Braves once again won the second game of a series. Johnson was 3-4 with a walk. He led off the game (Furcal finally sat down for Betemit) with a double, scoring on Julio’s single later in the inning. He then finally hit his first major league homer in the fifth inning, a three-run job that put the Braves up 4-2. He added an infield hit in the ninth.
Jorge Sosa gave up a two-run homer in the first but otherwise pitched well, allowing five hits in five innings but striking out seven and walking none. He needed 74 pitches; 53 were strikes. It’s certainly very promising. Bernero got slapped around in the sixth with two fly balls to the track, one of which Andruw made a good catch on, but then settled down in the seventh. Reitsma wasn’t sharp in pitching the last two innings, but then he hadn’t pitched in a week.
Julio DHed and hit third and was 3-4, including a two-run homer that followed Johnson’s blast. Andy Marte was 1-4 again and drove in Estrada with a single for the game’s last run. Andruw was hitless and his home run streak came to an end.
Hopefully now the Braves can win the third game of a series. Kyle Davies will face Chan Ho Park tomorrow night on SportsSouth.