Well, a couple more blowouts like this will certainly take care of that difference between run differential and actual record. The Braves actually led 3-2 with two out in the fifth, but Tom Glavine — who had been pitching in difficulty all game — loaded the bases on walks, then gave up a grand slam to the struggling Eric Byrnes. Glavine was at 104 pitches when he gave up the homer, and the obvious thing to say is that he should have been pulled, but he really didn’t look tired until two hitters before, and the bullpen didn’t start warming up until then; they weren’t ready to go when Byrnes came to the plate.
Glavine had given up two runs in the first, on a solo homer and a bases-loaded sac fly. The ball was carrying. The Braves tied it in the second on a bases-loaded single by Infante (playing third with Chipper taking the day off) and a walk by Escobar, but left the bases loaded. They took the lead in the third on a horrible misplay in the outfield by Justin Upton on a routine fly ball from Francoeur, allowing Johnson to score from first, but that was it for the Braves.
Phil Stockman pitched 2 1/3, keeping the DBacks from piling on. For this effort, he will probably be sent down tomorrow, as Rafael Soriano is expected to come off the DL. Ohman and Resop, however, allowed two runs in the eighth and one in the ninth to let Arizona put the game away. They are safe. Braves pitchers walked eleven Arizona batters, another good way to lose.