Hey, the Braves are above .500! Not that they made it easy. Javier Vazquez gave up a pair of first-inning runs, but then shut Arizona down, allowing just three hits after the first and striking out ten. And the Braves rallied in the second to tie it up, getting runs on a throwing error by the pitcher (take the out, stupid!) and a fielder’s choice. In the third, Chipper hit a solo homer, his fourth. That’s a team high, as you probably know. We could use a few more.
And with a minuscule 3-2 lead, Hibernation Mode set in, eleven Braves in a row retired before Francoeur broke the string with a walk. (!) He was of course stranded, and it stayed 3-2 to the ninth. Mike Gonzalez had a whole day off and everything, but still gave up a game-tying leadoff homer.
In the bottom of the inning, though, Schafer hit a one-out single, and KJ, pinch-hitting, worked a walk. Infante singled, but it wasn’t deep enough to get the run home. Escobar, however, hit a fly ball that was deep enough to score Schafer and win the game. Gonzalez got the win, though he didn’t deserve it.