– MLB – Box Score – Brewers at Braves

Chipper’s back from the DL, though he didn’t hit a homer this time. But despite Bobby’s continued use of Tyler Yates to blow games in the seventh inning (Kali definitely has the Pictures) the Braves rallied to win and actually won a series at home. If the Braves played only road games they’d be right in this thing.

Matt Diaz and Brian McCann were the hitting heroes. Diaz got the start against a righty and seems likely to be playing left field more or less regularly for the near future after going 4-4. He got the offense going in the third with a leadoff single. The Braves loaded the bases with two outs on walks, then Andruw drew a bases-loaded walk to take a 1-0 lead. McCann drove in two with a hard grounder past Tony Graffanino, who is being asked to play second base for the Brewers even though he really can’t.

2:1 ratio continues...Hudson was giving up lots of hits, nine in all, but they were all singles so there was relatively little damage. He gave up a run in the sixth after two singles to start the inning, but the Braves got it back when the Brewers foolishly threw Francoeur a strike and he hit a line homer. But in the seventh, after two singles and a double play, Hudson allowed a run-scoring single and Bobby came in with Tyler Kali Yates again. Inevitably, he walked the first man he faced (after getting him 0-2) and then allowed a double to Graffanino to tie it. After a walk, Paronto threw one pitch to get out of his jam. Why Bobby would prefer Yates to Paronto is ultimately unsolvable.

Marcus — back in the leadoff slot, which he hates — singled leading off the eighth. Renteria laid down a bunt, which Graffanino misplayed into first and third. Chipper hit a sac fly to take the lead. After Andruw struck out, McCann hit a homer to make it 7-4. Baez, who had been struggling, pitched a 1-2-3 eighth.

Enter Dank Lob (to boos). After two singles, he got Marcus to popup and Renteria to hit into a double play. Really it was kind of disappointing, though there were several pitches of the “What was he trying to do there?” type we got used to. Wickman gave up a double but that was it as he nailed down the save.