I am not changing my mind about this team, but a win’s a win. Chipper and Escobar were out of the starting lineup, taking away not only two of the team’s best hitters, but its two best defensive players. It showed in the first inning, in which Infante, playing short, made a pair of errors, while Francoeur, who unfortunely would be in the lineup anyway, pulled another one of his outfield Prados, dropping a ground ball allowing a second run to score on a bases-loaded since. Jair Jurrjens gave up three runs in the first, all scored unearned, more or less fairly — he only allowed two hits, both singles.
Teixeira singled home Infante in the bottom of the inning, and it stayed 3-1 for a long time. In the top of the eighth, Atrosta was in (for his second inning, again) and was lucky to get out of it with only one run scored. Bobby apparently was managing scared, what with only seven relievers. Gotay (playing third, even though he’s not a third baseman, because someone had to play there and Bobby quite rightly figures that Norton isn’t a third baseman anymore) homered, and after Blanco reached on a three-base error Chipper pinch-singled him home.
Boyer blew through the ninth. KJ led off the bottom of the inning with a walk. Norton doubled into the gap (Ichiro looking about as fast as, well, Norton, giving chase) to score him. Teixeira was walked, and Francoeur was hit by a two-strike pitch (why throw him anything inside? He’ll swing at anything.) The Mariners brought the infield in, and McCann hit a soft liner right where the second baseman should have been to end it.
The Braves struck out eleven times, two by Francoeur, who sucks. But they also had eleven hits and five walks. Have I mentioned Francoeur sucks? I would not be at all unhappy if he had to go on the DL with an injury sustained on the HBP. It’s mean, but I am so tired of him.