Even when the Braves win, they lose. Chipper left the game with a reportedly minor hamstring strain, and after six shutout innings in which he pitched as well as he ever has, Hudson left the game with “tenderness”, later revised to “tightness”, in his elbow. So I’m not exactly full of glee here, plus I still think they should sell.
Gregor Blanco was the Man tonight, going 4-5, scoring three runs and driving in three. He’s not exactly a bad player, making him one of the best outfielders the Braves have. In the third, he bunted himself on with Hudson already on base, and after Escobar doubled scored on a Chipper groundout to make it 2-0.
In the fourth, Francoeur and KJ had back-to-back doubles to start the inning. Very few things are actually impossible. With two out, Blanco singled in Johnson, and Escobar’s second double of the night made it 5-0. Prado (in for Chipper) came home on a McCann single in the seventh. In the eighth, Blanco hit a two-run triple (scoring Infante, who’s back up, and Norton, who for some reason is still in the majors) then came in on an Escobar groundout.
Hudson left after six, and Boyer pitched the seventh, which I guess is okay since he hasn’t pitched in awhile. Ohman, who has been pitching, threw the eighth with a nine-run lead. Carlyle has apparently run out of pixie dust and got knocked around in the ninth, allowing a three-run homer backed by a double. Gonzalez came in, struck out the first man, then gave up a Grybo before getting the last out.
Francoeur, who sucks, was 1-5.