Now that there’s no hope at all, the Braves are doing a little better. It’s hard to care a whole lot.
Kyle Davies needed 95 pitches to struggle through five innings, but somehow managed to give up only one run. He managed to stay out of major jams for the most part and got lots of ground balls. He never seemed quite effective, but I guess it worked. And he did strike out five.
Andruw was the main offensive weapon. He doubled in the second, coming in to score on an Aybar single. In the sixth, he hit a two-run homer to give the Braves a 3-1 lead. He was on base in front of Daryle Ward when Ward pinch-hit for Oscar Villarreal and hit a three-run homer. Good game for Andruw, 2-3 with a walk. McCann had a hit and two walks.
Villarreal inherited a runner from Davies in the sixth and got a double play. In the seventh, he got into a bases-loaded two-out jam and got out of it. And Joe Simpson called him “The Vulture”. McBride pitched the eighth and Paronto got the Atlanta Save.