So that’s Tommy Hanson, huh? Hanson was, as some like to put it, “effectively wild”. He walked four in six innings of work, but allowed just three hits, all singles. He struck out just two, but they were in his one real jam, with the bases loaded and one out in the second. He also drove in a run with his first major league hit, and scored after blowing a sac bunt.
The Braves took an early lead, 1-0, in the second, when Kotchman showed them how it’s done and hit a sac fly to score Prado from third. It says a lot that executing this seemingly simple play is a big step up. Diaz hit a solo homer in the fourth, and McLouth hit a two-run homer, scoring Hanson, in the fifth. They put it away in the sixth with Hanson’s RBI single and a two-run single from McLouth.
Bobby used his main bullpen arms — which hadn’t worked a lot lately — to preserve the win. Moylan allowed a single in the seventh and Gonzalez one in the eighth. Soriano struck out the side to end the game.