I’ve been saying since the beginning of the year that Yunel Escobar should be leading off, since it was generally the only thing Escobar did better than Kelly Johnson last year.

So finally Escobar is leading off for the first time all season while Johnson is in the lineup. And lo and behold, he singled, stole second, and advanced home on another hit by Chipper. I don’t really know about Mark Kotsay hitting second, but he has the hot hand right now and Johnson isn’t, so I’ll allow it.