I assume you’re not one of those people who reads the Internet standing up, but if you are, sit down. The Braves took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, as they have done in other games. However, this time, they kept scoring runs! They scored four in the very next inning! And when things tightened up, they scored three more! Astonishing!
In the first, Escobar doubled home KJ, then came home on a Chipper single. Kotchman followed with a single, but Francoeur hit into a double play to basically end the threat, and I think, “Here we go again”. But in the next inning, Escobar singled in Ross with two out, and Chipper followed with a three-run homer to make it 6-0.
The Reds got a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning, and it stayed 6-2 for awhile. The key juncture was the bottom of the fifth. After a leadoff double, the pitcher sacrificed, but instead of taking the out they got the runner in a rundown. It appeared that he was thrown out, but he was called safe and the Reds had second and third, nobody out, and I thought, again, “Here we go again”. But Lowe then struck out the side to get out of it unscathed.
In the next inning, Schafer and Ross led off with back-to-back doubles to make it 7-2. With two out, Escobar hit a homer to make it 9-2. Even Norton got involved, doubling home Schafer in the ninth. Lowe finished with seven innings pitched, eight strikeouts, two walks, four hits. O’Flaherty and Bennett finished the game.
McCann did go on the DL. Sammons was called up, though Ross will get most of the playing time for now.