See, this is why our run differential is so screwed up.
The Braves jumped on top in the first, Teixeira hitting a two-run double and then, after Francoeur’s inevitable failure, coming in on a single by McCann. Campillo gave up three hits and a run in the bottom of the inning, but from then on had few problems. It stayed 3-1 until the sixth, when the Braves batted around.
Francoeur actually did something good, starting off the inning with a single. McCann was hit by a pitch (it looked bad for a moment, but he stayed in) and Kotsay followed with an RBI single. The Padres brought the infield in (with McCann running at third, already down three, but hey, I’m not the manager) and Lillibridge hit a single to make it 5-1. Campillo couldn’t get a bunt down, but Blanco and Prado continued the singles barrage, and Chipper hit a sac fly to make it 8-1. The Padres got a run back in the bottom of the inning on a homer.
McCann answered that with a solo shot in the seventh, then in the ninth the Braves decided to hit doubles; Teixeira led off, then after the inevitable Francoeur popup McCann doubled him in, and then Li’lbridge doubled him in, and KJ followed with a single to make it 12-2.
I don’t really get Bobby’s bullpen management in this one, but that’s hardly news. Boyer threw two innings yesterday, but Bobby brought him in to pitch the seventh up 9-2 anyway. Hudson threw the eighth, which actually makes sense; you need to get some live throwing in for him if possible, since he has the next four days off anyway. But then Gonzalez pitched the ninth, coming off pitching yesterday, with a nine-run lead. Makes no sense. Royce Ring must be dead again.
The Braves had sixteen hits. McCann was 3-3 with a walk and a HBP. Li’lbridge had three hits, and Kotsay, Prado, and Teixeira each had two.