Pitchers’ duel, pitchers’ duel, offensive explosion. I sure can call it, can’t I?
The Joneses did most of the damage. Chipper was 4-5 and scored three runs. Two of those runs came in front of Andruw’s two homers; he also walked twice. In the first, Renteria homered, then after Chipper singled, Andruw broke out of his homerless drought with a blast to left. In the third, after another Chipper single, Andruw hit a ball that hit the top of the centerfield wall and bounced over, making it 5-1.
The Padres had cut it to 7-4 in the sixth when LaRoche, neck apparently no longer stiff, doubled home the Joneses to make it 9-4, then came home on a Pratt single. Francoeur was 0-5 but every other regular in the lineup (including Diaz for Langerhans) had at least one hit, and all but LaRoche reached base at least twice. Giles and Renteria joined Andruw with two walks each.
John Thomson isn’t really pitching very well right now, but did well enough to get the win — at least when the Braves score ten runs. Two of the six runs scored off of him were charged unearned, courtesy of errors by
Renteria Giles and Francoeur. He maybe was a little unlucky; he allowed eight hits, but only one (a double) for extra bases, and struck out three with one walk. Normally you’d expect better than six runs. Villareal got the last two outs of the eighth, and Reitsma pitched the ninth. I really think he should get a save for that. Four runs for Reitsma is like two for anybody else. He allowed a hit but did get two strikeouts.
A needed day off to travel to Chicago for three with the Cubs. Hudson-Zambrano in the opener. Maddux pitched last night (not well at all, by the way) so we won’t see him.