Hey, a sweep! If the Braves had played like this against the Nats last year… well, it wouldn’t have made much difference, but it would have been less annoying.
After nothing much happened the first time through the order, the Braves took the lead in a weird fourth inning that involved:
- McCann walking with two out and stealing second;
- Diaz grounding up the middle for a double;
- Francoeur tripling him in;
- Slugging First Baseman Martin Prado bringing him in with a single.
So that was unusual. Unfortunately, Jurrjens gave the lead back in the fifth on a two-run double and a run-scoring Prado error. Chipper and McCann had RBI singles in the bottom of the inning to make it 5-3. Bennett relieved Jurrjens with a runner on in the sixth and allowed that run to score.
Escobar doubled home Infante in the seventh, and came home on a single by Chipper. O’Failurety and Carlyle teamed up in the eighth to allow a run to make it 7-5. But Francoeur tripled again in the bottom of the inning, and came home on a single by Defensive Replacement Casey Kotchman. Soriano, pitching for the third day in a row, had a 1-2-3 ninth for the save. Eventful game.
All the Braves’ starters but Schafer had at least one hit. Infante played second and led off, in addition to Prado’s first base antics… Glavine left his minor league outing today with a “sore arm”.