Chipper was back, and he brought the offense with him. Funny how that happens. He went 2-4 with a homer and a walk, scored three times and drove in two. He wasn’t the offensive star, though; that was Martin Prado, who went 3-4 and missed the cycle by the homer. I want to reiterate: I like Prado, it’s just that it’s bizarre that one of the better hitters on the team gets to sit against lefthanders so often while the Lilburn Out Machine (0-4 with a walk, scored a run after reaching on an error, sucks) gets to play against everybody.
The DBacks took a first inning lead on a solo homer off of Campillo. Campillo had an odd night; through five, he had allowed just three hits, but one was that homer and another was a triple leading to a run. After that, he was more hittable, and yet Bobby stuck with him, which is kind of unusual since he’s been on a short leash most of the season.
Anyway, the Braves took the lead in the second when Prado hit a bases-loaded ground rule double; the Out Machine got stranded at third, but it ultimately didn’t matter. The Braves played doubles all night. Infante (who had three walks, weird for him) drove in Chipper and Escobar with one in the third to make it 4-1. In the fifth, McCann doubled and Chipper scored from first. Kotchman (who had a big night too, going 3-4 with a walk) drove in two with yet another double, and came in on one by Prado to make it 8-1.
But the DBacks chipped away, getting a run in the bottom of the inning and two in the sixth. In the seventh, Campillo gave up back-to-back doubles (anyone know the doubles park factor for this place?) and was finally pulled with the game 8-5. He hadn’t reached 90 pitches yet, and hadn’t walked anyone, so I really had no problem with him being in, but I just couldn’t figure it out. Ohman threw a wild pitch and then hit a batter, but struck out the next man. Tavarez came in and finished the inning with another strikeout.
But the Braves got some breathing room after that. Chipper hit a two-run homer, and then Jeff Bennett (left in with a four-run lead) hit a double to score two. He wound up getting the save, but gave up a run in the ninth.