Oh, those bases on balls. I love ’em. The Braves were outhit 11-9, but drew eleven walks. Five of the runs were scored by runners who had reached base via the walk.
Kenshin Kawakami will never win another game, and really, it’s his own damned fault. He didn’t retire a man in the third inning and wound up being charged with five runs, four of them “earned” while the other reached on Kawakami’s own error. The Braves had staked him to a four-run lead in the first on a pair of two-run doubles off of Kyle Davies, one by Chipper and one by Infante (back in the lineup, giving Yunel the day off). But Kawakami allowed two runs in the second, then three straight singles in the third, after which Bobby put in the Lisp. Martinez allowed two of Kawakami’s runs to score, giving the Royals the lead, but started seven innings of shutout baseball by the bullpen.
The Braves had several chances to add runs against Davies, but didn’t, but did tie the game up in the sixth off of Kyle Farnsworth, another member of the Braves touring company that is the Kansas City Royals. Heyward hit a hustle double with one out, and Chipper followed with his second double of the game, then stole third (!) but was stranded.
In the top of the eighth, Kimbrel walked the leadoff man, then committed an error on what should have been a double play ball, then walked the next guy. And then he struck out the next two and got a popup to preserve the tie. He picked up a win when with two outin the bottom of the inning, Chipper and Glaus walked, both coming home on a double by Hinske. Melky singled in the pinch-runner Hicks, and it was 8-5. Wagner allowed a one-out single in the ninth, but struck out two and got a grounder to end it. It wasn’t NATIONAL LEAGUE BASEBALL, but I’ll take the win.