The Braves bounced back with a convincing win. Jorge Sosa had his most successful start with the Braves, Andruw Jones tied the team home run record, and Jeff Francoeur continued to work miracles in right field.
All the runs came in the fourth. With one out, Andruw hit a high arcing shot to the opposite field, his 47th of the season and his 119th RBI. (He’s currently on pace for 54 and 136.) LaRoche, of course, grounded out, but Francoeur doubled, and Hernandez pitched around Langerhans to face McCann. That was a mistake; McCann bit a three-run bomb to right to cap the scoring for the day.
In the fifth inning, Francoeur took a home run back that would have cut the score to 4-2. Sosa allowed just six hits, all singles, didn’t walk a batter, and struck out three. He needed only 99 pitches in eight innings, and 74 of them were strikes. It was the Natspos, but it was impressive. Farnsworth pitched the ninth and retired the side in order.
All the other relevant games are tonight… The Natspos don’t even have a starter available tomorrow and are expected to use a committee of relievers. The Braves have John Smoltz. That sounds good, except that the Braves have been completely unable to hit middle relievers over the last few weeks. The game is on TBS XTRA! so we’re probably looking at the worst possible broadcast crew again.