Close loss, close loss, blowout win. It’s a pattern with these guys. The Braves hit three doubles in the first to take a 2-0 lead, and broke it open with back-to-back-to-back homers from Chipper, Teixeira, and McCann in the fifth. Chipper had a monster night, going 4-4 with two homers and a double, three runs scored and three RBI. He’s hitting .443 now. The Braves had 15 hits, everyone with at least one, and McCann, Francoeur, and Kotsay with two each. Kotsay plays better when I insult him, so here goes: you should have had more, you slacker. KJ hit a two-run homer in the sixth to finish the scoring.
John Smoltz is still working through shoulder pain, and still amazingly effective while doing it. He only pitched five innings, and struck out ten. His ERA is 0.56. He got in a jam in the second with a single and a double leading off the inning, then got strikeouts to get out of it. Other than that inning, he only allowed two baserunners.
Meanwhile, even Ohman and Resop can get by when staked to an eight-run lead. Acosta hadn’t pitched in a while and pitched the eighth, Carlyle the ninth. It was a breeze. Resop still sucks, though.
Dodgers next. I wonder what Jon and Joe will talk about.