– MLB – Box Score – Braves at Cubs

This game never should have gotten this close — the Cubs actually had the tying run on deck in the ninth — but the Braves stranded a whole bunch of runners and the bullpen frazzled.

The Braves had 20 hits on the day, getting three apiece from Johnson, Harris, Renteria, and Kyle Davies. A lot of it was poor Cub defense, which among other things allowed an unearned run and made very few good plays. It has also apparently driven Carlos Zambrano insane; after the Braves blew it open with five runs in the fifth, he got into a fistfight with his catcher in the dugout.

In addition to going 3-4 with a double, scoring a run and driving one in, Davies also pitched well, seven innings of one-run ball. He got into a couple of jams but got out of them with double plays; the one run he allowed was a homer. He threw 107 pitches, 68 for strikes.

Peter Moylan’s ERA looks fine, but he gave up three runs in the eighth to put the game in reach. Because they came after a KJ error, they’re “unearned”, but the man gave up a two-run homer. Wickman allowed a solo shot in the ninth but got a DP after a bunt single.

All the Braves starters had at least one hit; all but Andruw and Thorman had at least two. Clearly, Andruw is holding the team back from scoring 17 runs.