– MLB – Box Score – Braves at Padres

You know, the Braves even make blowouts nervewracking. They took a 1-0 lead on McCann’s second-inning homer, only to let the Padres tie it in the third. Then in the fourth, they erupted for six runs against Jake Peavy, the big blow a two-run homer by Chipper, running his streak of games with an extra-base hit to a record-tying fourteen.

But Chuck James didn’t pitch very effectively, even though he ran his record to 4-0. He only went five, allowing all five Padres runs, including four in the fifth. He only allowed seven baserunners (six hits and a walk) and struck out three, threw 78 pitches, 59 strikes, and allowed one homer; the Padres just bunched their hits.

The middle relief was as usual disturbing, though they managed to not allow any runs. Paronto got out of a sixth-inning jam with a double play. Barry gave up a double in 2/3 of an inning, but McCann McBride came in to get Giles (representing the tying run). Yates allowed a hit but did get two strikeouts. During all this, the Padres hit a bunch of balls to the deepest part of the ballpark, homers almost anywhere else in the majors.

The Braves stretched it from 7-5 to 10-5 with a rally in the eighth, McCann’s bases-loaded single scoring two of the runs. Ray came in to pitch the ninth for an “Atlanta Save”. (Any time a pitcher finishes a win, I will now credit him with an Atlanta Save, because this bullpen has shown an ability to lose huge leads in the ninth inning.) There was no Kim Jong-Il sighting.

Chipper finished the day 3-3 with two walks, three RBI, and two runs scored. Renteria was 3-4. Both managers, as well as Jeff Francoeur, were ejected by a power-mad umpiring crew that will be first up against the wall when the revolution comes; Bobby is now only one ejection short of Leo Durocher for second all-time. Skip wonders if they’ll stop the game for a ceremony when/if Bobby passes John McGraw for first all-time. I certainly hope so.

The Braves head to St. Louis to meet up with the other hottest team in the league. It now appears that instead of making a call-up they’ll start Hudson in the second game of that series.