Poor Rockies, they must really be hard up if they lose a series to us.
The Braves, as usual, took an early lead, 2-0 in the second, only to immediately blow it, falling behind 3-2 in the third and 4-2 after five. Jair Jurrjens was an odd combination of dominant and hittable. The first five outs he recorded were strikeouts, and he struck out ten (a career high) in six innings, but he gave up eight hits, including a homer and two doubles. I think it’s just one of those things. This whole season is a succession of those things.
Anyway, the offense woke up in the sixth and not only got him off the hook but got him a win. McCann gave them a 5-4 lead with an RBI single (after their reliever, a lefty, walked Chipper to face him) but then Escobar, who definitely looks like he’s back to his early season form, hit a three-run homer to make the lead relatively secure. I mean, this bullpen can blow a lead in a hurry. But they didn’t, and the Braves won.
Chipper was 1-4 and stands at .362. Escobar was definitely the player of the game, going 3-3 with a walk, and scoring twice to go with his three-run homer. Francoeur was 0-4 but managed to not hit into any double plays, which is about all you can hope for with him.