Tonight’s numbers are 400, 4-for-5, and .418. Chipper hit his 400th career homer, and he went 4-5 and is hitting .418. In June. .418!
Similar script to most of the series — early runs and lead changes. The Marlins got a leadoff homer from Hanley Ramirez. The Braves followed with three first-inning hits to score Escobar, but Francoeur grounded out to end it. In the third, Escobar homered off the top of the wall, and the Marlins screwed up an easy double play grounder from Francoeur to score KJ, making it 3-1.
Jair Jurrjens had a terribly unfortunate fourth inning, in which the Marlins didn’t hit a ball hard but had six singles and four runs scored. It really wasn’t his fault, but if you aren’t a high strikeout guy that sort of thing’s going to happen. The Braves got a run back in the bottom of the inning; Anderson tripled and scored on an Escobar GIDP.
The Braves got back into the lead in the fifth when McCann hit a two-run homer, scoring Teixeira. Francoeur doubled to follow, but was stranded when Bobby let Jurrjens hit with two on and two out. I questioned the decision, but Jurrjens got the Marlins 1-2-3 in the sixth. Chipper hit his homer in the bottom of that inning to get to the final score. (Later in the game, he singled and then stole second, his first steal of the year.)
The bullpen did its job. Ring got them 1-2-3 in the seventh. Bennett, back in the setup role, got the first two, then allowed a double; he pitched around the next batter and got a strikeout to end it. Soriano allowed a one-out double but other than that looked good, striking out Uggla the Terrible and getting two popups.