Cormier didn’t suck, but that’s obviously unlikely to be replicated. He went 6 1/3 and allowed a homer in the first and a run on an infield single in the fourth. He struck out five but walked four and allowed six hits; that pattern will more normally yield three or four runs. He got lucky.
Chipper doubled in the first and Andruw brought him in on a single. Later, Chipper walked and scored in front of McCann’s three-run homer. Unfortunately, Chipper reinjured his foot and may be done for the year. This was his 104th game; last year he played 109. At least he’s more or less halted the decline. Andruw and Francoeur added solo homers later, and Renteria doubled home L’il Tony in the ninth.
Paronto got the last two of the seventh, Kali pitched the eighth, getting two strikeouts, and McBride picked up the Atlanta Save. As you probably know by now, the Braves signed Wickman to a contract for next season, $6.5 million. It’s a bit pricey but after what happened this season…
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