The Braves jumped all over the Marlins, who are not playing well at all, and Lance Cormier had his best start… though again, the Marlins aren’t playing well. The Braves scored three runs in the first inning, which isn’t anything new, doing it on four doubles. The Marlins got a run back in the bottom of the inning.
But this time the Braves kept scoring. They got two runs in the third, and after the Marlins got one back to make it 5-2, exploded for five runs in the fourth, on a solo shot by Diaz and a grand slam by McCann. (One day, lefthanders will stop trying to throw inside breaking balls to him.) They added a run on a wild pitch in the fifth and two runs, including a solo shot by KJ, in the seventh.
Cormier went seven, struck out five, walked three, and allowed six hits. He basically had trouble with Dan Uggla and shut everyone else down. Since it was only an eleven-run lead, Bobby used Mahay to pitch the eighth. Don’t ask. Villarreal finished it.
Diaz had four hits, scored three times, and drove in two. Chipper was 3-4 before leaving for the immortal Woodward.