The Braves are so hot now that they’re coming from multiple runs down to win easily. Okay, so it was just two runs, but that’s multiple. And just about everyone is hitting, and someone woke up both Dan Uggla and Jason Heyward. Suddenly, the Phillies do not look uncatchable. Guess who’s up now?
The Rockies got a run in the first on a walk and a Jason Giambi double; Giambi drove in another run with a fielder’s choice in the third, before Chipper turned a GIDP to get out of a fairly major jam. And in the bottom of the inning, the Braves exploded.
Schafer led off with a double. AAG drove him in with a single to make it 2-1. Chipper singled, and then Freddie Freeman hit his fourth homer of the series to make it 4-2. Uggla doubled, and Heyward singled him in, and it was 5-2. The Braves got another run on a solo homer from Heyward in the fifth. He had doubled earlier in the game, so just missed the cycle by a triple, and ended the eighth on deck. Oh, well.
Tim Hudson cruised through the middle innings, got one out in the eighth, issued a walk, and was pulled for Eric O’Flaherty, who was ineffective. Single, walk to load the bases, a popup, then a wild pitch to make it 6-3, then another walk, so Fredi had to go to Venters. Who struck out Ty Wigginton to end the threat. Kimbrel got two popups and a strikeout for the save.