What, another come-from-behind win? One day, we’ll figure out how to wake this team up before mid-September and we’ll be in business.
The Braves took a 3-0 lead in the first on a homer by Teixeira, but Chuck James allowed a leadoff homer to Rollins to cut it to 3-1. In the fourth, the Braves got back to a three-run lead when McCann singled in Andruw, but in the bottom of the inning James allowed two more homers, three runs in all, to tie the score. The three homers were the only hits he allowed in 3 2/3 innings, and the walk in front of the second homer (by Howard) was the only walk. He struck out six. So if you squint a little, it’s kind of a promising outing!
Jeff Bennett gave up a run in the fifth to make it 5-4, though it really wasn’t his fault; the runner reached on a strikeout/wild pitch. The Braves, however, countered in the sixth with four runs to take an 8-5 lead, the big blow a two-run single from Renteria. The Phillies cut it to 8-6 on another homer, by Utley this time, but Chipper made it 10-6 with a two-run homer in the top of the ninth. Bennett picked up the win.
It was Chipper’s only hit of the night, as he was 1-4 with a walk, and is at .340. Renteria was 2-4 and is at .333. Utley had two hits and is at .336. With Escobar and Diaz (who are both of course not qualified) the Braves had four players hitting between .331 and .340 at the end of the night in the starting lineup.