One day, I’ll learn that the Braves generally know what they’re doing. Breaking out of his slump in a big way, Jeff Francoeur followed up yesterday’s two homers with three hits, the big one a two-out homer in the eighth to give the Braves the lead, and once Reitsma managed (by the skin of his teeth) to not blow it, the win. Francouer is now up to .200 on the season.
Tim Hudson pitched well at times after giving up one run in the first. But handed a 3-1 lead in the fourth, he couldn’t hold it, allowing four baserunners and three runs. He left the game with two out in the seventh, for by far his best outing of the year. His ERA is all the way down to 9.20!
Remlinger finished the seventh; Villareal pitched a perfect eighth with two strikeouts and got the win. Reitsma allowed two hits in the ninth but got the final out with the tying run at third and go-ahead run at second.
Renteria continues hot, with a homer among his two hits. Andruw and Betemit both doubled. Langerhans had a hit and a walk and is hitting .406.
Peavy-Smoltz tomorrow night.