Like I keep on saying, the Braves are an offense-first club. A day after Tim Hudson had an Episode and had to be bailed out by the bats, Tommy Hanson had an Episode and had to be bailed out by the bats.
Oddly enough, Chipper Jones went 0-5. But everyone else on the team went nuts, despite the fact that the Mets were pitching R.A. Dickey, who has arguably been the best pitcher in the league this year. But Dickey isn’t left-handed, and doesn’t suck, so the Braves’ offense went to town. Other than Chipper, the rest of the Braves offense 1 through 8 went 12-27. Even when Hanson sucks, like he did tonight, it’s hard to lose when you hit like that.
The Braves led 3-1 after the 2nd, 5-3 after the 5th. Hanson really didn’t have it today. Fredi took Hanson out in the top of the 6th, after he got a groundout but then gave up three straight singles. Then, unfortunately, Chad Durbin gave up two straight singles before getting a strikeout and getting relieved by Luis Avilan, who got the final strikeout in the inning. That made it 6-5, Mets. This wasn’t a game to feel comfortable. In the top of the eighth, the Mets scored another run. That made it 7-5.
Then it was time for some more miracles. When the bottom of the 8th rolled around, the Braves offense decided to take the pitching off the hook again. Brian McCann led off. And this happened:
Walk, single, strikeout, strikeout, single, single, single, groundout.
Those three straight singles each scored a run, and they were hit by Bourn, Prado, and Heyward, who — because they’re the first three hitters in our lineup — are pretty much the three most important and best hitters that we’ve got. If we’re going to win, it’s going to be because of them. And, indeed, they went 6-14.
It wasn’t just them, though. Freeman went 3-4. A day after going 1-3 with 2 walks, Uggla went 1-3 with one walk. Hinske went 1-2 with a walk. He’s above the Mendoza line, thank God.
Look, our starting rotation is… shaky to be charitable. Awful, to be pessimistic. Not good, to be realistic. But our offense sure is pretty decent.