You know, you expect to get some runs off a guy with an ERA around five. Ivan Nova gets tons of run support, which is why he was 7-2 going in, but you get shut out by him for seven innings and it’s kind of embarrassing.
Randall Delgado, meanwhile, allowed just three runs in five innings but was incredibly fortunate to do so, as he walked six and allowed five hits, including a homer and two doubles. New York got a run in the first, a solo homer from our old friend Raul Ibanez in the second, and a run on a wild pitch in the third. Pretty good relief (two shutout innings from Cory Gearrin and perfect innings from Chad Durbin and Jonny Venters) kept it close.
But the Braves were limited to five hits, and never got the tying run to the plate after it reached 3-0. The last fifteen Braves — after Chipper singled leading off the fifth — were retired in order.