So, that’s two terrific starts in a row for Charlie Morton, and this time the team scored some runs. Boyer tried to ruin it for him, but Morton got a win. He went seven, struck out four versus one walk, and allowed five hits (all singles) and no runs.
The Braves got him an early lead, which always helps. Blanco led off with a single, went to second on a balk, then third on an infield single from Escobar, allowing him to come home on a Kotchman flyout. Kotsay hit a solo homer in the fifth to make it 2-0.
The Braves got four runs in the eighth; turned out they needed them. Blanco doubled in Francoeur, who sucks. Escobar doubled in two, then came home on a McCann single. Turned out they needed the runs, because Boyer gave them all back in the bottom of the inning, including a three-run homer. Gonzalez had to finish the inning and then pitch the ninth, all of which he did with no problems. Boyer needs to go on the DL.
Blanco, Escobar, and McCann each had two hits. Kotchman was hitless and is hitting .152 as a Brave. Early returns: not so hot.