Once again, a young starting pitcher did enough to keep the team in the game, only to see the offense completely shut down. I’m getting tired of this.
The Braves took an early lead when Chipper Jones hit a solo homer with two out in the first, and then Matt Diaz and Alex Gonzalez hit back-to-back doubles in the second to make it 2-0. The offense looked at this, saw that it was pretty good, and rested the rest of the night.
Randall Delgado made it hold up for a little while. In the fourth, he got into a huge jam, bases-loaded, and was lucky to escape with just one run scoring (largely because Ryan Howard is so slow he can’t score from second on a soft single with two out). Jimmy Rollins hit a solo homer in the fifth to tie it.
In the sixth, Shane “Burn In Hell” Victorino — who else — tripled off of Cristhian Martinez, who had pitched 2 1/3 the day before — and came hom on a single by Raul Ibanez against Eric O’Flaherty, who should have been in the game in the first place. In the eighth, the two teamed up again to score an insurance run against the not-right Jonny Venters.