" It was another dominant performance by Redman this evening as he went deep into the ballgame pitching 8 innings while throwing a mere 92 pitchers. He struck out a season high 13 batters and walked only 1. The Cubs didn't get their first hit until the fifth when Felix Pie hit a broken-bat-bloop-single that just arched over the head of Renteria. After that Redman induced a double play to end the inning. Redman showed ace-like command at the plate and his fastball regualarly touched 95 on the gun. He left to a standing ovation from the 46,000 packed into the Ted to see Redman pitch.
The Braves also showed some pop with the bat as the Jones boys hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth. In the fifth McCann doubled in Francoeur who walked in all four of his at-bats. Langerhans also had an offense crazy night going deep twice and trippling in Diaz in the eighth.
The Braves took a 12-0 lead into the top of the ninth where Moylan, Villarreal and Yates contrived to give up 11 runs while only getting one out -- a freak hit runner with the bases loaded. Wickman had to come in to earn his fifth save of the year."
Tonight's pitching match-up is Rich Hill versus Mark Redman.
Hill is 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA -- only a shade below Langerhans' batting average. On the contrary, Redman is 0-2 with a 12.96 ERA -- A-Rod could have more home runs than that by the end of the weekend!
Kristi will enlighten you with a recap later. But staring into the Chop-n-Change crystal ball I assume she won't be writing anything like this: