In the annals of “pathetic ways to lose”, a walkoff homer by Darin Erstad is definitely up there. Not that it matters.
Campillo did not pitch well, and went only three innings, allowing four runs. But Carlyle & Company did their job in relief, keeping the game in play. Kotchman drove in two runs with a single in the fourth, and the Braves got single runs in the eighth and ninth, and suddenly it was tied. But after getting the first man in the bottom of the ninth, Tavarez gave up the homer, and that’s the game.
Chipper pinch-hit again, and walked. He has an eight-point lead in both batting average and OBP after Pujols had a big game. It would still be very difficult for Albert to catch him as long as Chipper has only one PA a game… KJ’s hitting streak was interrupted, though he did walk and had both a run scored and an RBI.
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