All Braves. Surprising, of course, on the road against the best team in baseball. The Braves opened the scoring with a first-pitch-of-the-game homer by McLouth. The next four men reached, Garret Anderson, Designated Hitter Extraordinare driving in a run with a bases-loaded walk, but they couldn’t get any more runs as Diaz struck out and Kotchman lined into a double play. At this point, I figure, we’re probably not going to get any more runs all night and will lose 3-2.
But no! Sure, they hibernated to the fourth, but then they broke out with two more runs, both with two out; McLouth doubled off that big wall in left field — does it have a name? It’s a lot like the Teal Tower in Florida — and came home on an Escobar single. In the fifth, McCann and ACHE chased the starter with back-to-back doubles, and Kotchman made it 6-0 with a sac fly.
Kenshin Kawakami had another great start; considering what he’s done against the AL East, the Yankees may want to inquire about him. He made one mistake, a two-run homer by Bay in the sixth. Bay had the only other hit against him, a “double” in the second where a fan interfered with the ball and Diaz had him held to a single. Why, exactly, you reward the home team for fan interference puzzles me. At any rate, Kawakami left after six having thrown only 90 pitches. The Braves got a run back in the seventh, another RBI for ACHE (who finished 3-3 with a walk) and another in the ninth (ACHE again, with a sac fly). Bobby used Moylan in the seventh, Soriano in the eighth, and Gonzalez in the ninth. Personally, I see it. For the Red Sox, five runs really isn’t that much. They average 5.4 runs a game. Moreover, we’re going to be lucky if we can finish one game over the weekend, considering the weather forecast.