Okay, so we scored 13 runs and won the game. And I’m still kinda depressed by the bullpen.
Anyway, the Braves fell behind 2-0 in the first on homers by Shea Hillenbrand (I didn’t know he’d wound up in San Fran) and, predictably, Bonds. But in the third they first tied it up on a two-run single by Francoeur, then took a 4-2 lead on a single-and-error off LaRoche’s bat.
In the fourth, they broke it open and chased Jason Schmidt, Chipper hitting a three-run homer followed by a solo shot from Andruw. LaRoche made it 9-2 with a solo homer in the fifth. But Hudson gave up a two-run homer (guess who!) in the sixth and tired in the seventh, and McBride and Paronto combined to finish the inning.
So it’s the eighth, you’re now leading 11-4 after an RBI single by Langerhans and LaRoche scoring on a passed ball. So here comes Kali… who promptly walks the first two men he faces, then allows a single to load the bases. Ray came in and got out of it with one run scoring, which is pretty good, then Andruw hits a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning to make it 13-5. (He fell as he approached first base, tripping over the sod or something. The RBI was the 1000th of his career.)
But the Braves’ bullpen is like a horror movie. No lead is safe from… THE BULLPEN!!!! Ray managed to make it 13-8 before Bobby had finally had enough and brought Wickman in to finish it. Sure, it was a five-run lead, but you couldn’t be confident.
Everyone in the starting lineup had a hit but Giles. How often do you score 13 runs and your leadoff man goes 0-5?