Well, that should help the old Pythagorean record. “Sure, we finished third, but we ‘should have’ won 94 games!”
Chipper singled in a run in the first, but Commando Cody Ross hit a homer to tie it in the second. The Braves bust out in the third, loading the bases and getting four runs. In the fifth, they finished it off, getting five runs on a two-run double from Francoeur and a three-run homer from Andruw.
Smoltz only went six with the big lead, allowing four hits and one walk, and striking out four. 57 of his 76 pitches were strikes, and he lowered his ERA to 2.97. Ascanio had a rough time in the seventh, allowing three runs, and Acosta, who finished that inning, was charged with two more runs in the eighth. After the Braves made it 11-6 with Julio singling in a run in the bottom of the inning, Soriano finished the game in yet another non-save situation.
Chipper was 3-4 and is now at .339, a five point lead over Matt Holliday. Renteria is third at .333. KJ, Francoeur, and Andruw had two hits each. Brandon Jones is still hitless, but picked up an RBI on a sac fly.