Oy. The Braves actually had more baserunners than the Phillies, but as the old saying goes, “If you are playing a three-game series at Citizens’ Bank Park, and you don’t hit any home runs, you are probably not going to win the series.” It’s an oddly specific old saying.
Kawakami looked like a disaster early on, loading the bases with one out in the first and then hitting the next batter, then giving up a sac fly to make it 2-0. After that, it was solo homers only, one in the second, one in the third, and one in the seventh. It could have been worse.
Kawakami got the Braves’ only scoring inning, the fifth, started with a walk; they followed with four straight singles to make it 4-3 at the time, but couldn’t get a hit to tie or take the lead, leaving the bases loaded. The Braves blew other chances, including Kawakami bunting into a double play in front of two hits in the third, and Infante leading off the game with a double, not getting moved to third, and getting thrown out by approximately 75 feet on a two-out single by Glaus.
It’s all quite sad, really. Chipper joined Heyward on the injured-groin list. The Braves need new groupies or something.