In case you missed it, Chipper is really hot right now. The Braves took a 2-0 lead without him, in a weird sort of second inning where Teixeira and McCann both scored on infield singles. But in the fifth, Chipper broke the game open with a gigantic three-run homer to center (coming after walks by KJ and Escobar — that’s how you do it, boys) and in the seventh, after the Dodgers cut it to 5-1, he hit an even longer blast for a solo shot to put the lead back to five. Chipper is now hitting .455 and leading the league in all three triple crown categories.
Jeff Bennett did all you could reasonably hope for, though he came up a third of an inning short of getting the five innings needed for a win. He got in some trouble in the first — his control and KJ’s defense — but pitched out of it, and cruised through the next three before tiring. He struck out four, allowed three walks, and gave up just two hits. Ohman finished the fifth and pitched the sixth to get the win.
Carlyle gave up the Dodgers’ only run, which was Andruw (walk, balk, came home on a single). Andruw also delivered the Dodgers’ only really hard hit of the night, a ninth-inning double off of Acosta. Furcal also had a hit and a walk, but the non-ex-Braves were pretty useless, and Rafael and Andruw should really dump them.
Gregor Blanco started in left, his first career start, and made the most of it, going 2-3 with a walk and an RBI… Tom Glavine has gone on the DL for the first time in his career. I blame Hampton. Chuck James will start in his place.