Didn’t see that coming. Kyle Davies gave up five runs, was chased with nobody out in the third, and the Braves looked buried. But Chad Paronto, of all people, came in for three magnificent innings, they got two in the fifth, then exploded for six in the sixth to take an 8-5 lead.
But then Villareal couldn’t hold it and immediately gave up three in the seventh. And then they came back again with three more, and it’s 11-8, and Remlinger and Reitsma held it from there. Wild game.
Big games from Andruw and McCann. Andruw went 4-4 with a walk, four RBI and two runs scored. He drove in their first run in the fifth, tied up the game with a two-run single in the sixth, then drove in the game-winning run in the seventh, LaRoche (who of course didn’t start but had hit a pinch-hit double) racing home as fast as his legs could carry him. McCann was “only” 3-5 but drove in five runs, hit a three-run homer in the sixth, and drove in an insurance run with an infield single in the seventh.
Paronto got a no-decision, but was undoubtedly the pitching hero. He came in with the game 5-0 and Cabrera on second, nobody out, in the third. He got out of that with no further damage, then pitched two more shutout innings. He allowed one two-out double, but struck out six.
After Villareal gave up a two-out, three-run homer to blow the lead, he got the win anyway because of the stupid relief win runs. Remlinger pitched a perfect eighth with two strikeouts, and Reitsma needed just nine pitches in the ninth for the save.
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