Keep doing that, and we’ll be fine. Well, you don’t have to score 12 runs every game, but score some, okay?
Infante led off the bottom of the first with a double. For a change, this time, Heyward walked and then the next two guys couldn’t get the runners over. Just for variety. Lee lined out to end the inning, and at this point, it looks like more of the same. But the Braves sent eleven men to the plate in the second, and finished Ricky Nolasco‘s night at two innings. Diaz led off the inning with a homer, then Gonzalez and Melky singled. Tim Hudson put down the sac bunt (Chip wouldn’t shut up about the bunt) to move them up, then Omar reached on an infield single to score AAG. Jason hit the ball off of the first baseman — slow motion replays were needed to confirm, the ball just seemed to materialize out there — to load the bases, and Prado drew a walk to make it 3-0. McCann did not hit a grand slam, instead only doubling to clear the bases, making it 6-0.
They just poured it on. In the third, Prado doubled home Infante and Heyward to make it 8-0. A sac fly in the fourth made it 8-1, but Hinske (entering the game for Lee, who tweaked his back) led off the bottom of the inning with a solo homer to make it 9-1, and Diaz scored on an error on a fly ball later in the inning. (I thought Hudson should have gotten an RBI and it ruled a sac fly-error, but nobody asked me.) That made the score… 10-1. Uh-oh.
Fortunately, Hudson was on the mound. He was outstanding, striking out thirteen in seven innings and allowing just the one run, walking just one. He didn’t even need the ground balls, not that he didn’t get them. Prado added two more on a homer in the seventh; O’Flaherty and Farnsworthless pitched an inning each and allowed a run each.