Atlanta Braves vs. San Diego Padres – Box Score – August 04, 2009 – ESPN

That’s more like it. The Braves got nine runs without much of a contribution from McCann or Chipper, with Prado and LaRoche picking up most of the slack.

The Padres took a 1-0 lead in the first on a homer from Will Venable, who is fast becoming the West Coast Cody Ross. The Braves answered back with three straight singles by ACHE, Yunel, and LaRoche to tie the game, but Diaz hit into a double play to kill the rally. In the fourth, pretty much the same thing happened, except that the third single loaded the bases, and Diaz’s GIDP scored a run. It still killed the rally. The Padres tied it up in the bottom of the inning, a double scoring Cody Venable.

Prado hit a one-out homer in the fifth to take the lead for good. In the sixth, Diaz made up somewhat for his earlier lapses with a two-run homer to make it 5-2; Prado followed with a two-run single to make it 7-2. In the eighth, ACHE singled in Prado and McCann to make it 9-2… Every Brave, including the pitcher, had at least one hit except for Chipper.

Javier Vazquez wasn’t particularly sharp by his own standards, but he had his moments and wound up striking out six over seven innings, allowing but four hits; it’s just that all were for extra bases. The key situation was probably the bottom of the fifth, when he preserved a one-run lead after ACHE misplayed a leadoff double into a triple with his “first day in Little League” routine, but Vazquez pitched around it. Gonzalez pitched the eighth, because his arm hasn’t come flying off yet. Logan pitched the ninth.