Where would we be without Troy Glaus? He’s like the anti-Caminiti.
The Braves took a two-run lead in the first. Prado led off with a single, then Bobby put him in motion (NATIONAL LEAGUE BASEBALL!) which got him in scoring position when Heyward hit what otherwise would have been a double play. Chipper singled him home, then went to second when Podsednik, who has one of baseball’s most noted rag arms, tried to throw out Prado at the plate. He went to third on a passed ball (I would have called it a wild pitch) and came home when Glaus’ two-out grounder was thrown away by the shortstop (it was a tough play though he should have made it; I would have given him the hit, but mostly because I wanted him to get the RBI).
McCann made it 3-0 with a homer in the fourth, but the Royals cut into it in the next inning, partly thanks to some dumb baseball. A walk and an error by Yunel put them on the corners with nobody out. Zach Greinke hit, and obviously bunted. The runner at third broke for home then ran back, but Medlen threw home, and they wound up with the bases loaded and none out instead of second and third, one out. A sac fly made it 3-1. A grounder to third made it 3-2, with Greinke performing a dirty, and unecessary, high slide into Prado. (The double play was impossible, and he’s lucky he didn’t break Prado’s leg or something; Martin was down for a couple of minutes before stayin in the game.)
Medlen pitched around a leadoff double in the sixth. In the bottom of the inning, Heyward and Chipper singled, then after McCann struck out Heyward scored all the way from second on a Glaus groundout (which qualifies as NATIONAL LEAGUE BASEBALL! but only if you’re Jackie Robinson or Willie Mays. Also: RBI!) to make it 4-2. Bobby left Medlen in too long, though. After a leadoff single in the seventh, he really should have made the move, but didn’t, and the next hitter (the usually reliably useless Yuniesky Betancourt) doubled to put runners second and third. Bobby came in with O’Flaherty, but not in time; he gave up a one-out grounder to make it 4-3, and a single to tie it. After another hitter, Moylan had to come in to keep the tie in place.
The Braves did nothing in the seventh, then Venters pitched around a leadoff single in the eighth. Prado led off the bottom of the inning with a double, then Heyward hit behind him to move him up, but Chipper struck out looking and McCann flew out. Wagner pitched the ninth, and got a double play to end it after an infield single. At this point, I am thinking that the Braves better score because all that’s left in the bullpen is the Lisp, Kimbrel, and Chavez. KC said, “Troy, hit a homerun and we can all go home.” And Troy did. 5-4, never in doubt.