First off… again, I hope you’re not one of those people who reads the internet standing up, but if you are, sit down… Casey Kotchman hit a home run! I know! Kotchman, back in the cleanup spot with Chipper taking the day off and C.H.E.G.A. up to third in the order, had a big day, homering in the third, and also doubling in a run in the fifth and adding a single. The Braves’ other runs came off the bat of David Ross, a two-run homer in the second.
Jair Jurrjens gave up only three hits. Unfortunately, two of them were homers to Hanley Ramirez, but as you can see both were solo shots. He went seven, struck out four and walked two, and threw 102 pitches. The homers are troublesome — his breakthrough last year was largely due to his ability to limit homers — but it happens. Soriano got in a little two-out trouble in the eighth but got Hanley to get out of it, and Gonzalez breezed through the ninth. Neither is likely going to be available tomorrow…
With Chipper out, Infante played third and KJ was back in the lineup, hitting
seventh sixth. He had two hits, scored on Ross’ homer, and stole a base. Schafer also had two hits, and didn’t strike out at all, which is even more surprising than Kotchman’s homer, really.