– MLB – Box Score – Cubs at Braves

Whee, a win. Frankly, playing out the string has lost its appeal.

The Braves took a first-inning lead on a homer by Marcus, then had one of their catastrophe innings in the second, allowing three unearned runs on two walks, two errors, and two singles, one on the infield. I’m numb to this at this stage.

But McCann, who made the second error (allowing the third run to score) hit a homer to make it 3-2 in the bottom of the inning. Then in the fourth, he doubled in LaRoche and Andruw, and came home himself on a groundout to make it 5-3. LaRoche hit a homer in the sixth to make it 6-3. After a run in the seventh to make it 6-4, Hudson was done, the last one the only one of the four he allowed to be charged as earned. He struck out seven, which is a good sign, but I’m sick of looking for positives for that guy.

francoeur.PNGFrancoeur drove in one in the seventh, and Diaz scored on a wild pitch in the eighth. Meanwhile, McBride pitched a good seventh, Kali just missed allowing a two-run homer before getting a double play to end the inning, and Wickman took nine pitches for the Atlanta Save.

LaRoche was 3-4, missing the elusive cycle by the triple; his metamorphosis into Fred McGriff continues and he’s now hitting .293 and slugging about .590. McCann, Francoeur, and Giles had two hits each, and Francoeur drew another walk. His OBP is getting dangerously close to .300 (the Guillen Line).