Hey, a win. Rah. The Braves’ “magicish number” to finish above .500 is 11.
Javier Vazquez was pretty special tonight, as he had to be, striking out nine in seven innings and giving up but three hits, though he walked four. He had one real jam in the sixth, second and third one out, but struck out Berkman; then he walked the next man to load the bases, but a grounder he deflected went enough towards Chipper that the latter could make a great play and throw out the hitter to preserve the shutout.
The Braves “offense”, such as it was, was solo homers by LaRoche in the second and McLouth in the fifth. The Braves only had five hits, and two of them were by Vazquez. It’s really pathetic.
Gonzalez gave up a hit in the eighth, but got out of it. Soriano allowed a leadoff triple (McLouth maybe should have made the play — certainly Andruw would have gotten it) and then a single. Fortunately, he got a double play by the next man, before allowing another single. A flyout ended the game. If there was any point, I’d say to shut him down.