The imposter who had replaced Tommy Hanson — you know, the one who was throwing 90 MPH fastballs with no control — was replaced by the real one tonight. Hanson went seven innings and allowed just four hits and two walks while striking out five, and his velocity was back in its accustomed 94 MPH range. His control did slip a little later in the game. He was getting a fairly generous strike zone, and that helped — especially since he was getting calls low, which encouraged him to get the ball down. The Braves turned two double plays for him and he got a lot of ground balls. Also, the Braves played sensational infield defense the entire night and kept some of those grounders from sneaking through.
Offensively, everyone but Hanson had a hit, though Prado was the only one with two. In the third, McLouth (!) was in the center of the action, doubling home Prado with two out then coming home on a single by Chipper. In the fourth, Heyward hit a long homer to straightaway center to make it 3-0. Prado doubled leading off the fifth, McLouth bunted him over (sigh) and Chipper hit a sac fly to score him. McCann followed with his first homer of the year to reach the final score.
O’Flaherty and Moylan pitched the eighth, because Bobby would have wanted it that way. However, Linebrink (!) pitched the ninth, allowing a walk but striking out two and almost looking like a major league pitcher or something.