That’s the Tommy Hanson we were expecting. Hanson went 6 2/3, struck out eight (including the last five men he retired) and allowed just five hits and two walks. The lone run he allowed came in the second, and was unearned; no quotes around that one, because it was extremely unearned. After he hit the second batter of the inning, McCann threw the ball away on a stolen base attempt (it was very high; Yao Ming could not have caught it) and then Prado dropped a pop fly allowing the run to score.
The Braves didn’t do much in this game except in the fourth, but they did a whole lot in the fourth. Chipper led off with a walk, then McCann hit a bunt single against the Stupid Shift to make it first and second. Eric Hinske struck out looking on a pitch that was about six inches inside and high to boot, but Infante (Venezuela!) singled Chipper in to tie it. Yunel followed with a double to the gap to score McCann and give the Braves the lead. Blanco (Venezuela!) then singled to score two and give the Braves the lead they’d hold the rest of the way.
Hanson allowed two singles and a walk in the sixth, but struck out the last two batters to get out of it. In the seventh, he struck out the first two, but then allowed a single and a walk, and Bobby went to Moylan. Moylan came through big again, getting Hanley Ramirez to strike out. Saito gave up a pair of one-out singles in the eighth, but got Ronny Paulino (the enormous goat of the game, whom Hanson had twice gotten to end innings with runners in scoring position) to ground into a double play. Wagner came back with a very easy easy save, striking out two (the guy who stole Mike Stanton‘s name, and Wes Smelms) before ending it on a groundout.