Hey, more runs! This happened last year for a stretch, but with Teixeira in the lineup I’m more confident in maintaining run production — if not at this level, which nobody can.
In his first plate appearance as a Brave, Teixeira drew a bases-loaded walk, the third walk in a row given up by the Astros starter, giving the Braves a 1-0 lead. By the end of the inning, it was 7-0, highlighted by a two-run double from Diaz and a two-run single from Escobar (who led off with a double).
After the Astros had cut it to 7-2, Renteria hit a solo homer in the fourth. At 8-3, Teixeira put the game away with a three-run homer, his first hit as a Brave. They added the last run on a KJ single in the seventh.
Buddy Carlyle had some problems finishing batters off (or, as I like to call it, Horacio Ramirez’s Disease) and allowed two runs on five hits, including a homer, through five, but didn’t walk anyone and struck out two. The Vulture allowed a run in the sixth, but nothing in the seventh. Mahay allowed one hit in the eighth in his Braves debut, and Dotel was perfect with a strikeout in the ninth in his.
Julio Franco was designated for assignment to open up a roster spot for a pitcher. The Braves apparently have offered him a coaching job with the possibility of activation when the rosters expand in a month. Ascanio was sent down again to open up the other spot. At this point, he’s earned enough frequent flier miles on the Mississippi shuttle to garner a free trip to Australia.
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