Well, that was unexpected.
The Braves took a 2-0 lead in the first, and led 3-1 entering the bottom of the third, but Jo-Jo the Dogfaced Pitcher couldn’t stand prosperity. Bobby yanked him in the fourth after solo shots by Utley and Howard had tied it up.
But the Braves answered with a big inning in the fifth, chasing Myers and scoring six runs. A lot of the runs were “unearned” (stupid rule) after Howard threw a potential double play grounder into Kotchman’s back. The big blow was a three-run pinch-hit homer by Chipper. The ridiculously overqualified pinch-hitter is now hitting .365 and has a fifteen-point lead in the batting race over Pujols, who did not start tonight. If Chipper stays a pinch-hitter in the final series of the year, it’s basically impossible for Pujols to catch him.
McCann and Slugging Third Baseman Martin Prado each had three hits. The Braves had fifteen in all. Carlyle wound up with the win.