That’s just sad. You just can’t lose to a Padres lineup that doesn’t even contain Adrian Gonzalez. Kawakami, who got the loss, had a minimal quality start, six innings, three runs — but six innings and three runs to that bunch in that park is like five innings and five runs to a real team. The highest OBP in their starting lineup was leadoff hitter L’il Tony Gwynn, at .359. Only two players, Kousmanoff and somebody named “Venable”, are slugging over .400, and neither is at .450.
The Braves loaded the bases with nobody out in the first, and McCann drove in a run with a sac fly. But Prado then tried to score on a shallow flyout — so shallow it was caught by the second baseman — from ACHE, and was thrown out at the plate to end the inning. The Padres tied it up on a two-out double by Kousmanoff in the bottom of the inning. LaRoche hit a one-out homer in the second, but they basically did nothing the rest of the night. Kawakami gave up a leadoff homer in the second, and a go-ahead run in the third. O’Flaherty allowed an infield single then two stolen bases in the seventh, and then a single to make it 4-2.
The Braves’ only rally after the first was in the seventh, as Escobar (back in the lineup at last) singled and LaRoche walked with one out. Diaz hit into a force play, and Bobby sent up — yes, of course — Norton to pinch-hit. Second-pitch lineout, game over.
I’m going to leave this up as a the game thread. Once again, tonight’s game will be recapped tomorrow sometime, probably late morning.