– MLB – Box Score – Giants at Braves

The Francoeurophiles have now been completely routed and LaRoche is triumphant in the Battle of the Guys With French Names In the Middle of the Order. (Of course, in a week we may all change our minds.) Francoeur in fact had a good game, going 2-3 with a HBP and scoring a run, but was completely overshadowed by LaRoche, who went 4-4 with three RBI and a run scored, with all his hits going for extra bases — a triple and three doubles.

The triple was the big blow. The Braves trailed 2-1 in the fourth when LaRoche doubled in Andruw to tie the score, but in the sixth he scored McCann and Francoeur with a ball down the right field line that hung up at the fence and allowed his second career triple. (I didn’t mention the first one.) He came home on a squeeze by Langerhans for the Braves’ last run, but was obviously in scoring position all night; he doubled in the second and the eighth but was stranded each time.

Chuck James was named the player of the game by a drunken PA, but he did have a good game, going seven (equalling his longest outing so far) and allowing two runs on six hits and two walks (the Braves’ only two of the night, and guess who he walked!) and a HBP (same guy) while striking out five. He threw 107 pitches, and I guess I wish he could be just a little more efficient, but I’m quibbling.

Setup-man-by-default Paronto almost gave up a two-run homer in the eighth but Andruw pulled it back on a leaping catch. Good thing too, because Wickman finally allowed an earned run on a leadoff homer, but recovered to get the save. (Alou had run for Bonds the last time he reached [on a single this time] which was kinda dumb considering that the Giants were one hit away from Bonds’ spot representing the go-ahead run in the ninth.

The Braves had ten hits, five for extra bases (a double by Marcus leading off the first) and normally I’d want more than five runs out of that, but I won’t be greedy.