Hey, another win! This is getting scary. The Braves blew a 2-1 lead, left fourteen runners on base, Chipper Jones was 0-5… and Vinny Castilla and Henry Blanco, of all people, drove in runs in the top of the ninth to give the Braves the lead. John Smoltz came on for the save. For my money, the heroes were Darren Bragg (2-2, three walks, two runs scored) and Blanco (2-4 with a walk and the insurance RBI).
Greg Maddux is the latest victim of Damian Moss’ Disease, pitching five strong innings, giving up one unearned run, before leaving with a bruise on his leg. Chris Hammond, who has been so terrific, gave up a run in the seventh. The bullpen is getting a lot of wins lately; most of them haven’t been of this vulture type.
The Braves remain six and a half up on the Expos. The Marlins and Mets lost and are nine and nine and a half out respectively. Day game tomorrow, Millwood against Derek Lowe, who dominated the Braves in Atlanta two weeks ago.