ESPN – Athletics vs. Braves – Box Score – May 18, 2008

Joseph Reyes passed a test for me today. He gave up a solo homer to my archenemy Bobby Crosby (it’s a long story) in the first, and in the second it was walk-single-walk to load the bases with none out. He got the the pitcher, big whoop, but then got the leadoff man and Crosby to keep the score tied at 1-1. He wound up going five, leaving with a run in and a runner on second in the sixth, and so he has to get over that hump, but he pitched his way out of a jam, and that’s good to see.

The Braves got their first run through a two-out McCann double in the first, but Francoeur couldn’t get a hit after him to score two more runs. Escobar singled in two runs in the third to get the lead, but then it was Hibernation Mode again in the middle innings. Finally, Chipper (who hadn’t had a hit in like, seven at bats, a major slump) singled, followed by a Teixeira double as the first two batters in the eight. McCann hit a hard grounder unfortunately right to the drawn-in second baseman, and Francoeur struck out, but Infante (pinch-hitting for KJ) tripled to score two runs.

The bullpen had been walking the tightrope since the sixth, two good innings from Bennett, followed by Boyer having to pitch around a two-out triple in the eighth. Ohman and Acosta finished the game. It was, again, not a save situation when Acosta entered, and the scorer got it right this time.

Three hits for Escobar (who really does seem to hit righties better than lefties, maybe it’s a Cuban thing), two for Blanco, and one each for everybody but Francoeur. Eleven hits in all for both team — it was a whole lot of baserunners. It was fun to watch the other team have trouble with runners on base for a change.

For some reason it’s an off day before a fake double-header Tuesday, even though the Mets also have tomorrow off.