– MLB – Box Score – Braves at Cardinals

This is fun. Scary, because nobody can stay this hot and eventually the pitching will have to be addressed, but it’s still fun. There was some bad news: Horacio left the game after five innings when his hamstring acted up, and Chipper’s extra-base hit streak came to an end. He did have three singles and a walk.

Shutout through two innings, though the Braves got baserunners. In the third, they loaded it up with Betemit and Renteria singles and an Andruw walk. The Cards should have gotten McCann, maybe, on a pop foul near the screen, but didn’t. He followed by hitting a long fly ball that looked at first like a sac fly, but kept going and wound up his first career grand slam. Francoeur followed with a triple, then scored on a sac fly to make it 5-0.

Betemit homered in the next inning; the Cards got that run back on their first hit, a solo homer by Edmonds, then the Braves turned on the afterburners, scoring four in the fifth and three in the sixth, and finally two in the eighth. The Cards got runs off of Kim Jong-Il, who pitched innings six through eight, and Moylan finished it off.

Betemit was 4-6 with five RBI, three runs scored, and missed the cycle on the triple. LaRoche and Kim had solo homers in the eighth. LaRoche finished 4-4 with the sac fly, Francoeur had three hits, and the Braves had a season-high 20 hits in all.

Horacio walked three but only allowed two hits. Kim gave up two walks and four hits, and was lucky to allow only two runs, though I’m sure this will be spun as a “promising” outing. Hudson will try to right himself tomorrow.