What the Hell is wrong with this team? 8-0 after five, and they wind up about two feet away from losing it. I guess it’s okay, they won. I guess.
The first five innings were all Braves. Escobar and Chipper hit solo homers in the first, and KJ in the second. In the third, McCann hit a two-run double to the right-field gap. McCann drove in Kotsay with a fifth-inning single, then he and Chipper came in on a bases-loaded single by Blanco, who had a great at-bat, getting to ten pitches by fouling a lot off. Meanwhile, Tom Glavine was throwing a one-hitter.
But he couldn’t get through the sixth, giving up four runs capped by an Utley homer, and left with two out and only 87 pitches thrown. I think Chuck James is a carrier. Bennett only had to get one man, but gave up a hit and walk before doing so. Ohman needed only five pitches to get through the seventh, and we can breathe easier, right? Wrong. In addition to the usual Hibernation Mode offense, Ring allowed a solo blast to Howard to make it 8-5, and, oh, they’d run out of lefties. Boyer finished the eighth, then got the first two in the ninth, then ran out of gas. (What are the odds, it’s not like he’s pitched in every game.) He allowed three straight singles to bring in one run and get the tying run on base, then for some reason they didn’t hold Rollins and he stole second. Victorino hit one to the gap, but it held up and Francoeur got it, while Boyer got a very bad save. Well, he is the fifth-string closer. Smoltz, Soriano, Gonzalez… I don’t care, get one of them healthy soon.
Teixeira was back in the lineup, but was the only regular without a hit and struck out three times. Kotsay, Chipper, McCann, and KJ all had two hits each.