Braves' Offense Rolls Past Cubs
Kelly Meter: Johnson went 3/6 with a double and an error today. After that rough stretch, Johnson has rocketed back to a line of .295/.397/.505 and is trying his hardest to put away any doubters who said his offense wasn't for real.
Chuck James goes up against another young and promising lefty who demolished the Braves last time around. James heads to the mound against Rich Hill at 1:05 ET to try and secure a series win.
The Braves continued their winning ways with an 8-5 win over the Cubs on Friday. The Offense came alive to say the least as the lineup amassed 20 total hits throughout the game. Interestingly enough none of the runs came via the homerun in a usually homerun-happy offense. The top and bottom of the lineup really got it done. Kelly Johnson, Willie Harris, and Edgar Renteria each finished with three hits and Orr and Kyle Davies at the end went a combined 5 for 7. The Braves combined for six doubles and with the help of two Cubs errors put them down in the first game of the series. The best part of the game was probably the meltdown between starter Carlos Zambrano and his catcher, Michael Barrett. After a mixup that allowed Scott Thorman to score, Zambrano began to get in a battle of words with Barrett, eventually forcing Barrett to seemingly point up to the scoreboard which caused a shoving match between the battery mates.
The pitching was very good and definitely helped by a strong wind blowing in from center. Davies allowed only one run in his seven strong innings including only six hits, one walk, and two strikeouts. Peter Moylan had a rough inning in the eighth, allowing three runs but none were earned thanks to a Kelly Johnson error. Bob Wickman came in in the ninth to get some work in and allowed a homerun to Jacque Jones, but I wasn't all too scared with a four run lead.
It was nice to see Davies back on after getting knocked around against the Phillies in his last start. If he can give the team quality starts consistently, Schuerholz's gets a lot easier come deadline time.