ESPN – Braves vs. Rangers – Box Score – June 18, 2008

Remarkable. The Braves led 2-0 early, lost the lead, and yet, rallied for three runs in the top of the ninth to secure the winning margin. I’m not sure this is even allowed. Texas will probably appeal the game on grounds that the Braves aren’t supposed to do that.

Chipper hit a two-out solo job in the first, and Escobar doubled with two out in the third and come around on a hit from KJ to make it 2-0. But the Rangers got a run in the bottom of the inning thanks largely to a stolen base and a wild pitch, and another in the seventh thanks to terrible defense, a steal with a throwing error to McCann followed by a misplay by Infante at third base (he would make up for it later) that was scored an infield hit even though it was no more a hit than The Slugger’s Wife.

Francoeur, leading off the ninth, hit a little swinging bunt and blatantly ran inside the baseline, but instead of plugging him the pitcher threw the ball into foul territory, allowing him to make it all the way to second. Brandon Jones couldn’t make the “productive out” and move him to third, but Infante followed with a flare single; a good throw would have gotten Francoeur but it was a bad throw and Infante moved up. Blanco tripled into the gap to score Infante, and after Escobar walked came home when KJ beat the relay on a grounder.

Mike Gonzalez came in for the easy save. He was unsurprisingly a bit wild (the announcers acted like it was “nerves” but it’s more likely the usual control problems of a pitcher coming off Tommy John surgery) and went to 3-2 on the first batter, but got a flyout. He struck out the next and got a weak flyout to end it.

Chipper was 2-5 and his average stays at an even .400.