Are the Braves officially hot? I think they might be.
The Braves led from the get-go, taking a 1-0 lead in the first when McCann doubled home Prado. They took over in the third and fourth. In the former, Chipper doubled home Derek Lowe, Prado scored on a ACHE sac-fly, and Escobar singled home Chipper. The Giants, for some reason, stuck with their starter even as he was imploding. In the fourth, Prado’s third hit of the day scored Church, then he came home, together with Chipper, on a three-run homer by McCann.
That was more than enough for Derek Lowe, who’s back to his early-season form. Lowe allowed one run, in the fifth inning, after a leadoff double that was the only extra-base hit he gave up. He did allow seven hits in six innings of work, but only walked one, and he struck out four. Better control, a few more strikeouts — that’s what he needed. Moylan pitched the seventh; whether this means he’s out of the close games role or Bobby’s just nuts, I don’t know. O’Flaherty pitched the eighth — ditto on this one. Acosta pitched the ninth in an 8-1 game, a role he was born to fill.
The Braves had twelve hits, with everyone but ACHE (who did have the sac fly) getting involved. Kotchman had an infield single in the fifth to keep History’s Worst Hitting Streak going.
I’m going to leave this up as the game thread, so here’s a video.