I don’t know where that came from. Maybe it was the two priests sitting behind home plate, who somehow performed an exorcism on the Braves’ bats. Maybe it was the presence of Larry Wayne Jones Sr., known hitting guru. Or maybe it was just a terrible Astros’ pitching staff.
Anyway, the Braves took the lead in the first in the sort of way they’ve scored most of their recent runs — Jordan Schafer walked and stole second, then came home on a two-out single by Freddie Freeman. But in the third, the Braves put up four runs. With two out, Dan Uggla doubled — an extremely unlikely event — and Chipper Jones hit a little dribbler into the Bermuda Triangle near first base, which the first baseman, trying to make an impossible play, threw to the dugout allowing Uggla to score. Freeman hit a colossal homer to right field to make it 4-0, followed by a solo shot into the terrible short deck in left by Alex Gonzalez.
The Astros cut it to 5-1 in the third with a triple and a groundout off of Tim Hudson, but in the fifth the Braves broke it open with four more runs, highlighted by a two-run double from AAG. A wild pitch cut it to 9-2 in the bottom of the inning, but you aren’t going to win many games when your opponents are getting four-run innings and you’re getting one run at a time. The Braves’ scoring was capped with solo homers to the terrible deck by Eric Hinske in the seventh and Chipper in the eighth. After the Dueling Scotts each managed a scoreless inning, The Lisp pitched the ninth, allowing a two-run homer.