Hey, a road sweep against an American League team. We could feel proud, if the NL weren’t so inferior in every way.
Scoreless through three, the Braves got a run in the fourth with a two out rally, singles from Freeman, Uggla, and Conrad (playing third base with Chipper taking the day off). They got a run in the fifth mostly on wildness by the Pretender Felix Hernandez; McLouth walked, went to second on a wild pitch, moved to third on a fly, and scored on another wild pitch. Schafer followed with a single and Heyward with a walk; McCann grounded out, but Freeman came up big with a single to make it 4-0.
Derek Lowe gave up one run, in the bottom of the inning; the Mariners got the tying run to the plate, but Freeman made a nice stop with two out to keep it from probably being cut to 4-3. Lowe went six, as usual, with four hits, three walks, and five strikeouts.
Brian McCann, the best catcher in baseball, drove in a run in the seventh with a single to make it 5-1, but Eric O’Flaherty came in to pitch the seventh anyway; he had no problems. Our paste-eating manager has decided not to give Jonny Venters any rest or any chance to build on success, and Venters came in to pitch the eighth, allowing a two-run homer, his first in almost a year. Fredi’s next project will be to ruin Craig Kimbrel, whose third day in a row went well, getting two strikeouts and a flyout.