Huh? First off, Chipper gets scratched from the lineup because he somehow hit a ball in batting practice directly into a pole which somehow bounced right back and hit him in the side of the face. Apparently it didn’t hurt the bone (CT was negative) but he has a heck of a bruise.
Yet somehow, they prevailed. Go figure. Joseph Reyes was terrific. He gave up a solo homer in the second and a two-out RBI double in the third, but only five hits in all while striking out five and walking two in eight innings.
And the bottom of the lineup, which has been atrocious of late, came through, led by Gregor Blanco, who was 3-4 with three RBI. I wonder if he’s ever had a three RBI game before. Brandon Jones, who finally got a start, went 2-3 with a walk, drove in the game’s first run, and scored twice on Blanco hits. Infante, playing third, had a hit, a run, and an RBI. Teixeira had three hits as well, and McCann, hitting in Chipper’s spot, had two, but the amazing work of designated “hitter” Greg Norton (0-5, two GIDP) kept them from scoring. The Braves had fifteen hits but only five runs, and so they’re not really doing a whole lot better at scoring as many as they should, they just had so many that someone eventually had to score.
Jeff Bennett pitched the ninth for the save. I caught Joe saying that Ohman should have been the closer, and he’s probably right. Bennett was very lucky. He gave up a leadoff hit, then probably should have walked the next man, but an iffy 3-2 pitch was called a strike and the runner, for some reason, stopped running and was easily thrown out. I don’t know why he was going down three runs in the ninth anyway. Since the next batter singled, things could have gotten ugly.
But it’s a win. I’ll take it.