The game began after a rain delay of almost two and a half hours. It would have been better had it not. Kawakami gave up four runs (only one of them “earned”) in the first, allowing a two-run homer and a pair of doubles as the Rays batted around. Heyward scored an “unearned” run of his own in the bottom of the inning on a two-base error and a wild pitch, but the Rays got another run in the second, and that was all they would need. But not all they would get.
Chris Resop showed once again that he is indeed a Poser. The Braves had cut it to 5-3 with runs in the third and the fifth. Poser loaded the bases in the sixth, then gave up a two-run single. In the seventh, he gave up a triple to score one run, a double to score the next, and a single to finish it off at 10-3. Five runs on five hits and three walks, a 22.50 ERA. AAA is a different level than the majors, but Resop makes it look like a different sport, possibly badminton. Poser.
Zombie Chipper homered in the eighth to cut it to 10-4, big whoop. The Braves actually outhit the Rays, 13-12, but nobody but ZC (who also doubled) had an extra-base hit, while the Rays had tons of them.