Colorado Rockies vs. Atlanta Braves – Box Score – May 19, 2009 – ESPN

Bobby, you there? Bobby isn’t reading, I’m sure, and it’s just a coincidence that after my suggestion last night he finally put his four best hitters, Escobar-Kotchman-Jones-McCann, in a row at the top of the order. And it worked! The Braves got a run in the first, Kotchman doubling with one out and coming home on a hit by McCann, though Brian was thrown out trying to stretch a double into a double.

In the second, KJ, hitting in the sixth spot (where he went 3-4) got things going with one out, and the Braves got help from the Rockies’ second baseman, who dropped a sure double play ball from Francoeur for all safe. Jurrjens drove in a run with two out on an infield single, Kotchman singled in Schafer, and Chipper drew the old bases-loaded walk to score Jurrjens to make it 4-0. The Rockies cut it to 4-1 in the third, but the Braves got two runs in the bottom of the inning on a single by Schafer. It was the first RBI single of his career, and his first hit to score a run of any kind since his homer the third game of the season. (He did drive in a run on a groundout in the comeback win on Friday.)

After that, Hibernation Mode set in, though you figured you had a pretty good shot with Jurrjens on the mound. He struck out eight and allowed three hits and three walks in seven innings; you do that, you’ll normally be in good shape. I was a bit concerned with his strikeout rate going in, so it was good to see. Leading 6-1, Bobby, because he is understandably not happy about the back of the bullpen, wound up using Soriano for a 1-2-3 eighth. After Francoeur (who sucks) and Escobar were hit by pitches in the bottom of the inning, Kotchman made it 8-1 with a double. Bobby came back with Gonzalez for the Atlanta Save anyway. Hey, it’s not like he’s a valuable commodity or something.

The lineup shift worked pretty well, with the two guys making the biggest moves going 3-5 with two doubles (Kotchman) and 3-4 (KJ). Everyone had a hit except Francoeur, who sucks.