The Braves won, but lost Jay Powell. With Chris Reitsma not available, the Braves turned to Powell to close a 2-1 game in the ninth. On his second pitch, he apparently had his elbow reconstruction fail. John Foster and Jim Brower couldn’t do a damned thing right and loaded the bases between them, and Macay McBride had to come in and get the save.
The Braves had been shut out for the first six innings but broke through in the seventh. Furcal singled, and Giles doubled to make it runners second and third, nobody out. Chipper then singled them both home. They couldn’t get any more, but Ramirez had a good night so that was enough.
Horacio struck out three, walked but one, and allowed six hits in eight innings. His one run came on a sac fly in the sixth, and was the only real jam he had in the whole game. The Braves turned three double plays behind him, which helped a lot.
Chipper finished with two hits and a walk. Kelly Johnson, hitting in the eighth spot now, also had two hits and a walk. Maybe that’s a good place for him, a place where pitchers are less likely to challenge him. Marcus had two hits. Estrada was back in the lineup, hitting seventh, and had a hit.
Kyle Davies was called up to make the start tomorrow — well, today, now — with Brayan Pena sent down. Roman Colon has been called up to replace Powell. I’m still not sure Colon is suited for relief. Mark Redman is supposed to start for the Pirates, if he isn’t traded before then… The Natspos and Mets lost, the Marlins and Phillies won. The Braves’ lead is now four. The Natspos have fallen out of the wildcard lead.