Ugly game, pretty result. The Braves took control in the second and third innings and didn’t look back — much.
The Brewers took the lead on a homer to start the game by Rickie Weeks, but in the second inning Matt Diaz countered with a double to score Glaus, and after McCann was thrown out trying to score on a groundout, Diaz came home on a dribber from Melky to take the lead.
In the third, McCann was the hero. Omar Infante, All-Star, singled in Prado to make it 3-1, then Glaus walked to load the bases. Manny Parra got ahead of McCann, 0-2, then tried to come inside. That was a mistake, as McCann hit a towering fly ball that just cleared the fence for a grand slam, making it 7-1. Diaz’s homer in the fifth made it 8-1.
Derek Lowe just knows how to win, but isn’t showing much evidence of knowing how to pitch more than about five innings. He was pretty dominant after the leadoff homer, allowing just two other baserunners from the first to the fifth. Weeks, however, led off the sixth with another homer, and after getting Corey Hart, Lowe allowed a single to Ryan Braun, who went to second on an Infante error. Prince Fielder, rotund crybaby, singled in Braun, and a Casey McGehee single chased Lowe. After allowing another single, Mike Dunn got a double play to end the inning.
The Braves got the runs back in the bottom of the inning. Prado reached on an infield single, then Heyward was hit by a pitch, but the Brewers are allowed to throw at the Braves, apparently. Infante singled in Prado, Glaus was hit by a pitch (no ejection) and the Brewers wisely walked McCann with the bases loaded to make it 10-3. Diaz singled in Infante to make it 11-3.
Of course, that’s too comfortable, so in the eighth inning Bobby brought in Jesse Chavez, who proved today that he can’t even function in mopup roles and is only of utility when you are getting blown out and it doesn’t matter how many runs the other team scores. He allowed a homer to the fat crybaby in the eighth, then a double, a single, and another double in the ninth, forcing Bobby to bring in Billy Wagner to finish the game. After a fat crybaby strikeout and a groundout by McGehee, it was finally over.