Say what? Did the teams exchange uniforms?
Well, Chipper was back and that helped (he had a hit and a walk and scored twice). McCann is out with a continuing eye problem, but his replacement, David Ross, was one of the hitting stars of the day, going 2-4 with a homer and a double, two runs scored and three RBI. Francoeur also drove in three, including the first two in the first inning to break the scoring drought. Prado hit a three-run homer in the fourth that gave the Braves a comfortable (for any other bullpen) 6-0 lead. And Schafer had three hits and threw a man out at second. Everybody had a hit.
And Javier Vazquez was outstanding, going six innings and striking out eight while walking only one, allowing five hits and no runs. He was only seriously threatened a couple of times, and I don’t believe the Pirates ever got anyone to third base off of him. The Good Moylan showed up, and needed only seven pitches to get through his traditional seventh inning, while Bennett pitched the eighth. Klinger Parr, however, spoiled the shutout by hitting a man with the bases loaded in the ninth. There’s really no reason for him to be here and if the Braves had any sense they’d send him down and bring up Diory Hernandez for an extra infielder, or Gregor Blanco for an outfielder, or even Sammons to back up Ross if McCann misses more time. But you have to have a huge bullpen, apparently.
Anderson started and hit cleanup (against a lefthander) for some unknowable reason. He had a double, though he didn’t hit the ball well, and looked his usual 33 RPM of a 45 RPM record in the outfield before leaving with a strained muscle. DL him, please.