So, barring some sort of injury-related disaster tomorrow, this has to count as a very successful road trip headed into the break. The Braves didn’t capitalize on some early opportunities. Through four innings, they had seven hits and four walks… and no runs.
That changed, finally, in the fifth. Chipper led off with a single, and McCann followed with another single, and then Glaus singled to score Chipper, and they were finally on the board, 1-0. They weren’t done. Another single, from Hinske, loaded the bases, and Omar Infante, All-Star, singled up the middle to make it 2-0. (A lot of slow guys in the middle of the lineup.) That finally chased Mike Pelfrey, who was unbelievably lucky to not allow a lot more runs. Yunel hit into a double play to score Glaus, making it 3-0, then Tim Hudson doubled over Jeffy‘s tiny little head to score Hinske, making it 4-0.
That was more than enough. While the Braves had GIDP problems all day, so did the Mets, who hit into double plays in the fourth, the fifth, and the sixth, with only Jeffy’s sad grounder a leadoff HBP being so weak it worked as a bunt making it four in a row in the seventh. After that, the Mets did not get another baserunner, with Hudson finishing them off in the seventh, Venters getting three groundouts in the eighth, and Wagner a popup, a strikeout, and a flyout in the ninth for the Atlanta Save.
The Braves finished the game with fifteen hits. Only Melky! (0-5) didn’t reach base among the starters; in fact, he and Hinske were the only ones who didn’t reach base at least twice. The Braves won despite thirteen left on base and three double plays.