It’s fun to play the Pirates.
In the first inning, after a LaRoche error on a ground ball from Chipper, and a walk to Andruw, McCann hit a homer to give the Braves a 3-0 lead. (Of course, this is “unearned”, because the error caused the walk and the homer. Don’t think about it.) Tim Hudson didn’t have to worry much, what with the Pirates in the house. He gave up a couple of first inning singles but got a double play to get out of it, and cruised from there, allowing only three more hits, walking just one, and striking out four over seven innings.
It stayed 3-0 until the sixth, when Andruw and McCann hit back to back homers, followed by two singles, a walk, another single, a strikeout, and two more singles. After Diaz (hitting for Andruw for some reason) hit a sac fly it was 9-0.
Moylan, for some reason, pitched the eighth, as Bobby apparently intends to see how firmly attached his arm actually is. Jose Ascanio, up from Mississippi due to Fredo Ledezma’s visa problems (yeah, that was a great trade) gave up three hits in the ninth to allow the Pirates’ lone run. In addition to his two homers, McCann also had a double. Chipper was the only other Brave with more than one hit, a single and a double.