Hey, a comeback win! Kawakami pitched around a lot of trouble, largely of his own making (four walks, lots of pitching from behind), keeping it 1-1 through five as the Braves went after the record for runners left on base. In the sixth, he allowed a pair of doubles to fall behind 2-1, but finished the inning. He did strike out six, and allowed but six hits, but always seemed on the verge of disaster. So even with a quality start I’m not confident.
He got a win, too, thanks largely to Casey Kotchman. The Braves loaded the bases with two out in the seventh, the pitcher obviously pitching around McCann to get to Kotchman, who burned him with a single up the middle, scoring Escobar and ACHE. In the ninth, Kotchman came through again, doubling in Norton with two out. He had another double earlier in the game (leading off an inning and then getting to camp out at second base while the guys behind him stood around).
O’Flaherty pitched the seventh, striking out one and not allowing a baserunner. Gonzalez pitched the eighth; this was probably because Howard was leading off the inning (still a one-run game at the time) and not a demotion to setup man. He walked one. Soriano, therefore, got the ninth, allowing one hit but nailing down the save.
The Braves did leave twelve men on base, including six in the first three innings. I am really starting to tire of that… Chipper left the game with a “sore elbow”. He grimaced on a swing; I initially thought it was his hand again.