What an unusual offense by the Braves tonight — four solo homers, and two bases-loaded walks. Whatever works, I guess. Pretty much everything is working right now.
Derek Lowe got off to a bad start, allowing three hits and a walk in the first inning, though thanks to a caught stealing and a GIDP he managed to give up only one run. ACHE tied it up with the first solo homer in the second; LaRoche, two batters later, gave the Braves the lead with the second. The Braves then went into Hibernation Mode, while Lowe had a lot of innings where he gave up one baserunner but was rarely seriously threatened from innings 2 to 6.
In the seventh, with two out, and seemingly cruising, he imploded, allowing a double, a walk, a game-tying single, and then another walk to load the bases. I have no idea why Bobby left him in the game, but Lowe got a groundout to end it. Then LaRoche hit his second homer, against Jorge Sosa of all people, to make it 3-2. In the eighth, Prado hit a homer to make it 4-2. Chipper followed with a single, then McCann with a double to make it second and third, none out. ACHE popped up, then the pitcher (a lefty) walked Escobar to pitch to the guy with two homers on the night. This time, LaRoche worked it to 3-2, then drew a walk. Diaz struck out (on a pitch that was clearly low) but the pitcher then wouldn’t throw a strike to Norton, who can’t hit. Norton drew a walk to make it 6-2.
After all the warming up he’s done lately, Gonzalez got into a game. He got a lineout, then a single, then a strikeout, then a walk. He fell behind the next batter and was on the verge of making things entirely too interesting when McCann picked Nyjer Morgan — who was caught stealing for the first out of the game — off of first for the last out of the game… The Nats actually outhit the Braves, 10-9, and drew six walks to the Braves’ five, but had only one extra-base hit.