Another reason to despise the bunt: it’s a good way to get a player hurt. After getting the leadoff man on in the first, Bobby decided to have Escobar bunt again. And the team’s only shortstop got the bunt down only to have to leave the game for non-shortstop Martin Prado because of a “contusion” (bruise) to his index finger. X-rays were negative, but I’d be surprised if he played tomorrow. Anyway, the Braves got a run in the first but left the bases loaded.
Jair Jurrjens looked great for the first two innings, retiring the Mets in order. He gave up a couple of weak hits in the third, but looked to be out of it after getting Reyes, then issuing a walk, but getting Wright on a perfect 0-2 pitch down the middle of the plate. Except that for some reason the umpire decided that it wasn’t a strike, and Jurrjens completely lost it. He issued three consecutive bases-loaded walks to put the Mets up 3-1, and Bobby got himself ejected arguing balls and strikes.
KJ drove in a run with a sac fly in the fourth, and Francoeur doubled home McCann in the fifth to tie it. KJ then hit a two-run homer in the sixth (Jurrjens had singled in front of him, Braves’ pitchers’ first hit of the season) to get the lead back, and singled in Blanco in the seventh for some extra help.
Jurrjens was perfect for three innings after the third. Ohman did his usual high-wire act in the seventh, walking two but getting out of it. This will not work in the long-term. Boyer pitched the eighth, and Ring and Acosta combined in the ninth.
In addition to KJ’s four-RBI, two-run night, Blanco had a big day with three hits and a walk. He’s now hitting .462. Kotsay sat out the day with a minor injury, and really either he or Diaz is going to have to until Blanco cools off.