ESPN – Braves vs. Cardinals – Box Score – August 23, 2008

Hey, even the ’62 Mets won forty games.

The Braves took a 1-0 lead in the third, Chipper doubling in Campillo, but typically gave it right back on a two-run double from Pujols in the third. Albert then hit a solo homer in the fifth to make it 3-1.

The Braves tied it up in the sixth on a bases-loaded single by slugging first baseman Marvelous Martin Prado. In the eighth, Norton came through with a pinch-hit single to drive in two runs with two out (after the usual strikeout by Francoeur). Will “I Should Have Been Traded At the Deadline, Wren, You Idiot” Ohman gave up two doubles to cut the lead to 5-4, but Bennett and Gonzalez kept it there.

And then the game was delayed by rain for about an hour. Amazingly, the Braves got three runs in the fifth after an egregious Prado by Felipe Lopez, who suddenly is the Cardinals second baseman. Marvelous Martin himself grounded out to second to end the inning, but Lopez lollygagged and let him reach for an infield single, loading the bases. (Prado is now hitting .333. Why not make him the first baseman? When Kotchman comes back, he can be a defensive replacement.) KJ, in an epic PA, walked after fouling off about seven pitches, and Francoeur, of all people, singled in two runs. Gonzalez hit for himself and pitched the ninth, giving up one run.