Nothing comes too easy, but that was easier than the other two wins in the series. Thomson started and actually pitched well, allowing only two hits and one walk… In 2 2/3 innings, after which he left with shoulder stiffness. It had to be frustrating because the Braves already led 4-0. McCann singled in a run in the first, and the Braves rallied for three in the second, on a homer by Thorman, a Giles single, and an Andruw sac fly.
Enter The Vulture. Villareal pitched well for 2 1/3, allowing just two baserunners on a walk and an infield single. The Braves meanwhile, had stretched it to 6-0 on a homer by Francoeur and Langerhans doubling home Thorman. Unfortunately, Villareal came out for the sixth, and had nothing, getting chased with nobody out after a three-run homer from Dunn cut it to 6-3. Yates came in and got two out, but also allowed a hit and a walk, and the tying run came to the plate in the person of pinch-hitting Griffey.
McBride came in, and went 3-2 on Griffey but struck him out, then stayed in to get them 1-2-3 in the seventh, including striking out Hatteberg. The Braves, meanwhile, pushed it to 8-3 on Andruw’s blast in the sixth, and coasted from there. The dorks in the broadcast booth thought that the scorer might grant McBride the win, but inevitably it went to the Vulture, his eighth.
Paronto and Sosa finished up. Chipper, Renteria, Thorman, and Langerhans all had three-hit days, Chipper with a pair of doubles. Thorman wasn’t supposed to start, but LaRoche was sick and couldn’t go. Everybody had at least one hit.
Now the awful, awful break. Worst of all, Berman will do the Home Run Derby. Fear.