The Braves finally scored some runs for osmeone who wasn’t Derek Lowe. And Troy Glaus finally did something.
It didn’t start out that way. Nobody scored through the first four and a half innings. The breakthrough for the Braves might have come when they gave up the Padres’ lone run. Hanson hit Padres pitcher Clayton Richard in the foot; Richard, to my eyes, clearly swung at the pitch for strike three and also didn’t try to get out of the way, but of course the umpires let him go to first anyway. He eventually came around to score. But after that, Richard, who had been blowing the Braves away, fell apart. I don’t know if it’s coincidence, the foot, or running the bases.
Prado doubled with one out in the sixth. Chipper walked semi-intentionally, and then McCann laced one into the center-right gap, all the way to the wall, scoring both runners. Glaus singled to move him to third, but Brian was cut off at the plate on a groundout by Yunel. Heyward came through with a single to score Glaus. Melky was intentionally walked (ha!) and the Padres got Hanson to end the threat, but damage done.
In the seventh, after Diaz reached on an error and McCann walked (again, semi-intentionally), Glaus hit a massive homer, his first as a Brave, to make it 6-1. It was really very impressive, certainly more impressive than anything else he’s done with the team. Hell, everything else he’s done.
Bobby went with the top relievers again, but it was a pretty reasonable decision as they hadn’t pitched in awhile and you certainly didn’t want to blow this one. Moylan gave up a hit but got out of it with a double play. Saito gave up one hit but recorded two strikeouts. Wagner’s control was a bit shaky as he walked two, but also recorded two strikeouts in the ninth.