Where did that come from? The Braves jumped all over the Dodgers with what (lately) has been a week’s worth of offense. After a 1-2-3 first inning (no surprise when after Omar Infante in the leadoff spot we saw the noted non-on-base skills of Rick Ankiel and Alex Gonzalez) McCann led off the second with a single, only to be erased on a Glaus GIDP. So you’re thinking, “Here we go again”. And then they put up 13 runs over the next six innings.
Conrad led off the third with a single, then scored on a double by Melky. Jair Jurrjens sacrificed, then Melky came home on an Infante single. Ankiel followed with another single, then AAG tripled in the gap. Just to remind you who we are, McCann was intentionally walked and Glaus and Hinske struck out to end the inning, but four runs is a lot these days.
Then they’d get more. They loaded the bases in the fifth with another Omar single, an Ankiel walk (he walked twice today!) and Gonzalez getting hit by a pitch. (No suspension forthcoming.) McCann hit a sac fly, then Glaus hit a homer, because, hey, why not? 8-0.
Jurrjens was cruising, looking great again through the first five innings. He was hit on the ankle by a line drive leading off the sixth and wasn’t that sharp afterwards, though he gave up just one run, on a bases-loaded GIDP in the seventh. For the game, he struck out seven and walked just one, with six hits, and most of the time they put it in play it was on the ground. Works really well.
The Braves got another run on a sac fly by AAG in the sixth, and poured it on with four more runs in the eighth. Everybody got in on it. Ross got into the game (and scored a run), getting a couple of innings off for the team’s good player. Dunn and the Lisp pitched the last two innings to show that they’re still alive. Diory didn’t get into the game, though, I don’t know why, everyone else did (except Heyward, whose knee is acting up).