I stayed up late for that?
The Braves took a 1-0 lead in the first as Andruw hit a little flare into center with two on — the Giants, who are almost definitely the slowest team in the majors even when the Sloth isn’t on the field, had no chance of keeping Escobar from scoring or Chipper from going to third. But Francoeur (hitting fifth against the lefty) hit a ball up the middle that was fielded for a double play, killing the rally. Get used to that.
Chuck James did pretty well. He allowed seven hits and struck out five, with only two walks, in six innings. He gave up an RBI single to tie it in the third. In the sixth, he allowed a solo homer to Rich Aurilia — no, Aurilia didn’t retire three years ago, but he should have — and winds up with an undeserved loss. He’s now 8-8 — with a 3.55 ERA. Paronto did a good job of keeping it close, going two innings and allowing two singles.
The offense was the problem, grounding into three double plays. In four of the last five innings, the Braves got the leadoff runner on, but failed to score. In the ninth, Francoeur led off with a double (I thought he could have made third if he’d run all the way) and got to third on a Diaz groundout, but Saltalamacchia struck out in a situation where almost anything would have tied the game, and KJ struck out pinch-hitting to end it, on a 3-2 count with McCann on deck. Ugh.
Pull the trigger, JS.