A strange game, baseball is.
Omar Infante led off the game with a homer, but after the next two batters reached the Braves couldn’t get them home, and then the Cubs tied it up in the bottom of the inning when Jason Heyward let a fly ball hit off his glove for a “double” and an unusual hit-and-run (runner at second, one out) worked for a perfect single. The Braves took the lead again in the third on a solo homer by Jason Heyward, only to lose it in the bottom of the inning on a two-run homer by — who else — Aramis Ramirez.
Mike Minor‘s three runs were weird, because virtually everyone who didn’t score struck out — eleven of the first fourteen outs he recorded were strikeouts. He got his twelfth strikeout, tying a franchise record for a rookie, with two out in the sixth for his last out of the game.
He had the lead by then, because Omar had come through again with his second homer, a three-run job with two out in the fourth to make it 5-3. It stayed that way until the seventh, when the Cubs defense broke down, allowing one run to score on what should have been an inning-ending GIDP by McCann (the pitcher came off the first base bag allowing Brian to reach) and then three more on a bases-loaded single by Gonzalez, where Melky scored all the way from first when AAG got into a rundown.
The Braves broke it totally open in the eighth, getting an RBI single by Heyward, a bases-clearing double by Derrek Lee, and a Melky groundout to make it 14-3. The Cubs got a couple of runs off of Peter Moylan in the bottom of the inning, but Heyward capped his perfect day (4-4, two walks, 4 runs, 4 RBI) with a two-run homer to make it 16-3. The Lisp finished it off.