There’s no justice. There’s just Derek Lowe.
Lowe, who frankly sucks, or has sucked in his first two outings, is now 2-0, thanks in his first start to 16 runs being scored, and in his second start to seven runs and some really phenomenal infield defense from everyone who isn’t Troy Glaus — Infante at second, Prado (filling in for Chipper, out with a pulled muscle) at third, and Escobar at short. Lowe walked seven men in six innings versus just four strikeouts, threw 112 pitches, 52 of which were balls, and allowed just one run on four hits because the defense constantly bailed him out. (The Giants’ defense, on the other hand, was awful all night.)
The Braves couldn’t do anything on the other side, though, and it looked like he’d get hung with a “tough luck loss”, or that’s what the announcers would call it. But Jason Heyward, who was 3-3 with two walks on the night, hit an opposite-field homer in the sixth to tie the game at 1. Then the Braves got three runs in the seventh, one on a bases-loaded HBP of Glaus, the second on a groundout by Yunel, the third on a single by Heyward. They made it 5-1 in the eighth when Infante scored on a wild pitch, then Heyward scored from first (yay!) on a double by Hinske, who then came around on a single from Infante.
Moylan had no trouble in the seventh (his fourth appearance, he’s on pace now to pitch in 135 games, and don’t put it past Bobby to try) and Saito pitched around a walk in the eighth, striking out two. Amazingly, Billy Wagner did not pitch the ninth with a six-run lead, as Chavez got the call. Unfortunately, Wagner had to warm up after Chavez allowed a run on two hits and a leadoff walk, but got a double play to end it.
McLouth led off with Melky starting the game on the bench (he later came in as a pinch-hitter and scored a run) and had two walks. He now has a batting average of .154 and an on-base percentage of .421. Prado went 2-4 and saw his average drop to .600. Ah, April.