Should’ve had a shutout.
Tommy Hanson continues to baffle hitters, and this time he wasn’t effectively wild, he was just plain effective, going six innings and allowing just two hits and two walks. He was only credited with two strikeouts, but that was largely because the home plate umpire simply refused to call strike three — he froze about three other batters but didn’t get the call.
Of course, he just knows how to win. Chipper, who as I’ve noted has been slumping terribly, hit a solo homer in the first, and ACHE, the world’s laziest outfielder, hit a solo shot in the fourth. So, as you can see, the Braves still can’t hit with runners in scoring position. Hanson, actually, should have had an RBI except that Francoeur, who sucks, is also a moron, and got thrown out at third on a grounder to short, which Hanson followed with a hit. I think it was one of only two hits with runners on base the Braves had all series.
O’Flaherty got in trouble in the seventh on a double and an error by KJ, but Moylan came in and got a double play to escape the jam. Soriano pitched the eighth in his usual fashion — completely unhittable. Gonzalez got the ninth this time, and allowed a one-out hit, then got a double play ball to end it, only to have KJ pull a mental Prado (speaking of, there’s now no reason at all to not make him the starter) and instead of going 4-6-3 tried to chase the runner back, got the hitter at first, and then Hernandez screwed up the rundown. Typically, the runner went to second on defensive indifference (I hate that) and scored on a single. Gonzalez got a strikeout to end it, though.