Well, that was easy. While the rest of the league plays against the softball guys, the Braves play the Pirates, because there are different numbers of teams in each league, and somebody has to be ignored by ESPN. Might as well be us.
Tim Hudson pitched eight shutout innings, though once again he walked more (four) than he struck out (three). Since he gave up only three hits, all singles, it wasn’t a problem. The Pirates are a remarkably bad team, and against a real club I don’t think that’s going to work, no matter how many ground balls he gets. Tonight, fine. O’Flaherty finished up and gave up a hit and a walk.
The offensive star was, no surprise, Heyward, who went 3-4 with a walk. He drew the walk in the first, forcing Prado to second where Chipper drove him in with a single for the early lead. In the third, he hit a two-run homer (scoring Prado again) to make it 3-0. Hudson drove in Hinske with a single in the fourth, then Prado’s fielder’s choice drove in Yunel. Heyward then doubled Prado in to make it 6-0. McCann capped the scoring with a homer in the seventh, after the one time they got Heyward.