ESPN – Padres vs. Braves – Box Score – May 07, 2008

Glad to see that someone figured out how to get out of hibernation mode there.

Tim Hudson had an Episode in the second inning, losing his control and balking in a run (Bobby got ejected complaining about it) but was able to limit the damage to one run thanks to a GIDP from the pitcher and settled down from there. The Braves took the lead in the bottom of the inning, a run scoring on a bases-loade GIDP from Diaz and Kotsay following with an RBI single.

But then the Braves couldn’t get anything done. A lot of the blame has to go on Jeff Francoeur’s shoulders. With the bases loaded and one out in the third, he grounded into a double play. With Chipper on and one out in the sixth, he hit into another one. Escobar grounded into one in the fifth, so the Braves hit into double plays in four out of five innings, which is appalling. Then some iffy defense helped lead to a Padre run in the sixth to tie the game, though another GIDP (this was a GIDP-fest) kept things under control.

The Braves loaded the bases with none out again in the seventh, and this time Greg Norton (off a lefty, despite my complaints) had a pinch-single to score McCann, and KJ followed with a sac fly to score Diaz. Escobar singled to bring in Kotsay to make it 5-2. Boyer (now second in the league in appearances) pitched the eighth with no problems, and Ohman and Acosta combined in the ninth. That should not be a save under the rule as I know it, but the box score reports it as a save. I am assuming that ESPN has made a mistake and that MLB has not changed the definition of a save without telling anyone.

Chipper was 2-4. Ho-hum. Everybody reached base at least once.