Give Kenshin Kawakami a star pitcher to work against, and he comes through. Tonight, he threw seven innings, allowing one run while striking out five. He got in trouble in the first with two walks and a double (by Jeffy — the double, not the walks, of course), but spaced them right and got out it unscathed. The only run he allowed came with two out in the third, and the runner probably should have been cut down at the plate, but the throw from Gorecki (in place of ACHE, whose back aches) was terrible. Of course, he was pitching against a Mets lineup that was missing its one remaining credible power threat (Sheffield pinch-hit late in the game, and struck out) and had at least one guy who should have retired, one guy I’ve never heard of, and Jeff Francoeur, who sucks.
That inning cut a 2-0 Braves lead to 2-1. In the top of the third, LaRoche and Church hit back-to-back doubles off of Santana, with Church scoring on a bunt and a sac fly. The Braves had nine hits off of Santana in seven innings, but he didn’t walk anyone and got a couple of double plays, one with the bases loaded by Chipper that really hurt. The Braves’ only run after the third came on another long homer by McCann in the fourth.
Chipper had one of those nights. With one out in the eighth, he made a terrible throw on a grounder by Jeffy — “Hey, let Jeff get to first, he never gets on base!” — which led to the Mets’ second run. Gonzalez walked Tatis with two outs, and Moylan gave up a single to the next batter. Soriano allowed a couple of hard-hit outs in the ninth, then a single, but got a popup on the next pitch to end it.