– MLB – Recap – Braves at Reds

Hey, a win streak! Okay, it’s only two games, and it’s only against the Reds, but it’s a start. Kelly Johnson was the hero (though the AP calls him “Kenny”) hitting a pair of homers: a titanic two-run blast in the first to give the Braves the early lead, and a grand slam in the sixth to break it open. He also walked twice. Andruw hit a pair of solo homers, moving him into a tie for the league lead. Betemit hit a solo homer as well on his way to a 3-5 day.

Every Brave starter had at least one hit except Langerhans, but he walked twice including once with the bases loaded. For him, I think that’s a good sign, because that’s been part of his game that’s been lacking. Furcal was 3-6 with a triple leading off the game and scored twice.

Horacio didn’t look too sharp, allowing a pair of two-run homers and five runs in all in six innings. Eight hits, five walks, only one strikeout; it could easily have been worse. Brower and Boyer pitched an inning each, both allowing a walk and a hit but no runs. Reitsma pitched the ninth, allowing a hit.

Which park most deserves the label “Coors Light”, this one, Arlington, or Arizona? Tomorrow, Jorge Sosa starts on three days’ rest against Eric Milton; the Braves have decided not to make a roster move for now, maybe hoping that Hampton or Hudson will be ready late next week. For Sosa, I’m not that concerned, because he was a reliever and used to bouncing back quickly, and didn’t throw too many pitches last time. Kyle Davies on Sunday, that might be more problematical. Night game, Turner South.