ESPN – Pirates vs. Braves – Box Score – April 02, 2008

That’s certainly preferable. The Braves jumped out to an early lead, and went into hibernation mode again… but the bullpen held up this time, someone hit the SHIFT key, and the offense woke up for seven late runs.

In the first, Prado (in for the wounded KJ, and here comes the platoon!) led off with a triple, and Chipper singled him home. In the third, Prado walked and went to third on Escobar’s single, then Chipper hit a sac fly. In the fourth, Diaz hit an opposite-field homer.

Meanwhile, Jair Jurrjens looked great for the first five, striking out five and not walking any, but got in trouble in the sixth. (Oh, no, it’s the curse of Chuck James!) He allowed a single and a walk, got LaRoche to ground out advancing the runners, then allowed a two-run single. After one more single, Bobby pulled him. None of the hits was that hard; arguably, the walk was the only mistake of the inning. Bennett got out of it, though, and Acosta got through the seventh with no problems this time. Moylan and Ring combined to stagger through the eighth.

Then the Braves exploded. Chipper walked, and Teixeira homered to deepest center. Francoeur, McCann, and Diaz hit singles to score one, and after Kotsay and Gotay failed to add on, Prado’s infield single scored McCann, followed by a blast by Escobar to finish it up. Ohman pitched the ninth, no problem.

The Braves had thirteen hits, with two apiece by Prado, Escobar, Chipper, Francoeur, and Diaz. Everyone but Kotsay had at least one.