Braves 9 (16-18), Brewers 2 (15-19)
WP: Lowe (5-3)
LP: Parra (0-2)
Sweet, sweet offense...and effective starting pitching. That's what was on tap for this series against the Brewers, and I'll be damned if thats not the formula necessary to win ballgames. Lets start with a discussion about Derek Lowe. He completed the 6th inning for the first time in a month, and only allowed 2 runs while walking 2 and striking out 2. The 7 flyballs he got were his fewest since April 16th against the Rockies....sure his 7 groundballs were the fewest he's had all season, but lets take solace in the fact that he only walked 2 guys. It was a really good start from Lowe that allowed the Braves to stay in the game while the offense was struggling a little bit in the earlier innings of the game.
Then the 7th inning came along, and in the final 3 innings, the Braves would plate 7 runs. Brooks Conrad (Brooks Conrad?!) got his second straight start at third base, and delivered in a big way with 4 RBI, including a huge 2 run homer in the 8th inning to extend the Braves lead to 4, and a 2 run double in the 9th to make it the 7 run difference that was the final. Other Braves performances of note: that Heyward kid had the game winning RBI with a run-scoring double in the 7th. He would score 3 runs on the day, and reached base 3 times in his 5 plate appearances. Not bad for a kid. Brian McCann and Troy Glaus each had a hit, run, RBI and walk for the Braves, and Eric Hinske continued his great player as a quasi starter, with a pair of hits including a double, and a RBI. Finally, the old man Chipper Jones had a pinch hit RBI double in the 9th to prove he's not totally washed up. Attaboy Chipper!
The offense is really clicking on all cylinders right now, and the prescription the doctor ordered is coming up: the horrible pitching staff of the Arizona Diamondbacks, in Atlanta! Beeeeeeeautiful. Chipper should be ready to get back into the lineup on Friday, and Yunel Escobar is scheduled to be activated from the DL on Saturday. Things are looking up...thank god.