For a while, it looked like the Braves might repeat last night’s game, but some sloppy play by the Astros let them off the hook. Plus, Chipper and the best backup catcher in baseball.
After blowing a two-on, one-out situation in the first, the Braves took the lead in the second on a solo homer by David Ross. But they couldn’t put anything else together, and in the sixth the Astros chased Kris Medlen and tied the score. Fortunately, the good Jonny Venters showed up and got a strikeout and a ground ball to prevent further damage.
In the bottom of the inning, singles by Chipper and by Freddie Freeman looked to go to waste when Dan Uggla popped out, but Ross reached on an infield single to load the bases. I had to wonder why Fredi didn’t hit for Paul Janish, but it worked out. First, pitcher Bud Norris threw a magnificent wild pitch to score Chipper, and then Janish singled up the middle to make it 4-1.
With two out in the seventh, Chipper doubled, scoring Jason Heyward from, yes, first base. In the eighth, Michael Bourn singled in Ross to make it 6-1. Let the record show — closer than the score indicated… Cory Gearrin gave up the hit allowing the tying run to score in the sixth, but otherwise the bullpen did a pretty good job. It was patchwork, and Fredi managed to not use Eric O’Flaherty or Craig Kimbrel. The Lisp got the Atlanta Save with a perfect ninth, including two strikeouts.