Well, that was unusual. The Braves had only four hits, but two of them went a very long way; the Brewers had seven hits, two of which also went quite far but the situations for those were different, and the Braves won comfortably.
After going 1-2-3 in the first, the Braves loaded the bases with one out in the second with a walk (to Francoeur!), an error, and a HBP, but Francoeur was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a shallow fly ball. Then in the third, they got two more baserunners on walks, and Andruw got the Braves’ first hit on a monster three-run homer for a 3-1 lead. In the fourth, they got an error and a single, and Hudson squeezed home Estrada for another run. At that time, they had four runs on only two hits. In the fifth, Andruw hit another long homer to make it 5-1 on just three hits. Furcal added the last hit in the seventh. So with just four hits and three walks, the Braves score five runs. Very efficient!
Tim Hudson allowed two homers as well, but both were solo shots, and most of the time kept the ball on the ground. Also, he didn’t walk anyone or hit anyone, the Braves didn’t commit any errors behind him, and Estrada made a nice throw to pick off a runner at second, defusing a runners-first-and-second, one out situation in the second. The Brewers wouldn’t have another runner reach with less than two out in the game, except for one of those solo homers.
Andruw now has 42 homers and a four-homer lead over Derrek Lee and A-Rod. He also retook the lead in RBI with 102… The Cubs are pounding the Marlins and the Cards pounded the Natspos. The Mets are just underway and the Phillies are playing the night game… It’s mostly divisional play from here on in, just a pair of series out of division. It starts with the Natspos for four beginning tomorrow, Sosa versus Patterson, which is on TBS.