And so, the losing streak hits six, this time with a game which the Braves led most of the way but lost with a fine example of Hibernation Mode.
The Braves took a 2-0 lead in the third, the first run scoring on a McCann sac fly, the second on a single by Glaus. In the fourth, they got another run on a double by McLouth. And then they took a look around, were satisfied, and took the rest of the night off. They didn’t have a single baserunner in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings. They were also in swing-at-everything mode; after needing 92 pitches to get through four, the Cards’ starter needed only sixteen pitches in the fifth and sixth innings combined.
Tim Hudson started strong, but ran out of gas. He gave up a run in the sixth, then allowed a leadoff homer in the seventh, then walked the next guy. Moylan got two outs, then allowed the tying run to score. Saito allowed a run on two hits and a walk in the eighth. The Braves got two infield hits in the ninth, but Hinske hit into a double play between them.