ESPN – Braves vs. Pirates – Box Score – May 12, 2008

It’s a pattern with these guys. The Braves finally got a run in the third inning, largely through Gregor Blanco’s legs (he bunted for a hit, then stole second, then came home on a single by Escobar). In the fourth, Kotsay had the big hit, a two-run double to produce an actual lead. The Braves broke it open in the fifth, Chipper singling home Escobar, and McCann following with a three-run homer. Kotsay added another RBI double in the seventh. He and Francoeur were both 3-5.

Meanwhile, Tim Hudson was solid, giving up an “unearned” run in the first and going seven, allowing just two hits and two walks, striking out five. For reasons I can’t begin to understand, Bobby let him hit for himself in the eighth and then relieved him anyway. Boyer came in, since he hadn’t pitched in two whole days, and after a leadoff single got through the inning. Ohman allowed a couple of flare singles in the ninth but ended it with two strikeouts. As several people pointed out in comments, what’s the point of keeping Resop on the roster if you won’t even use him with a seven-run lead?

The Braves had fourteen hits, and everyone had at least one. Teixeira didn’t play after leaving the first game with back spasms. Fortunately it’s a short plane flight to Philadelphia.