Ugh, not the best of games for the Braves, not in any phase of the game. The defense was sloppy, the pitching was poor, and the offense took the night off until well behind, then blew good chances to get back in it.
Tommy Hanson didn’t pitch as poorly as he did in some of his blowout losses, and showed some good signs — five strikeouts in as many innings against just one walk — but allowed two runs on three hits in the second, and then a two-run homer in the third. One of the runs in the second was “unearned” and arguably neither should have scored — Melky had the runner on the first score at the plate, but the ball took a weird hop and went over McCann‘s head, and the second run reached on a terrible infield single. But there was the leadoff double in that inning, and the two-run homer.
The Braves tried Medlen in relief, down 4-1 in the sixth (he is being sent to pen for awhile with some off-days coming up, as they want to limit his innings) but it didn’t work. He allowed two runs on three hits and it was 6-1. But the Braves were in good shape in the bottom of the inning, cutting it to 6-2 with two on and two out, but couldn’t get another hit. Mike Dunn came on and sizzled, the one Brave pitcher who looked good, getting a couple of strikeouts, but walking one and allowing a single.
The Braves had a good chance to get back in it in the bottom of the seventh, getting the first two on and then a pinch-single from Conrad cutting it to 6-3. But Prado struck out, and after Heyward walked to load the bases Chipper popped up and Troy Glaus flew out, and that was essentially the ballgame. Kawakami guaranteed that by allowing three runs in the eighth, and was lucky it wasn’t more. Jesse Chavez, in his proper role, didn’t totally suck in the ninth.
After poppping up in the seventh, Chipper left the game with an apparent hamstring injury. Like all of us, he is day-to-day.