ESPN.com – MLB – Recap – Brewers at Braves – 08/01/2002
The Braves won 4-0 to sweep the Brewers, which would be more impressive if the Brewers weren’t such a terrible team. Greg Maddux got the win, and once again was removed after only six innings. I’m really not sure why. He’d thrown 95 pitches, and somehow Bobby’s got the idea Greg can’t go past 100. All in all, he wasn’t absolutely at his best, but anytime you don’t give up a run it’s pretty satisfying. As it is, Bobby wound up using his three best relievers (Hammond, Remlinger, and Smoltz) an inning apiece with a four-run lead against a bad team. I don’t get it.
Chipper Jones was perfect at the plate, three hits and a walk. I’m still not sure where his power stroke is, but he’s got a .415 on-base percentage. Maybe he should hit leadoff. Andruw had two hits, breaking a mild slump, and Gary Sheffield had two as well.
Then there’s Vinny Castilla, whom I am coming to hate. He was 0-4 and hit into a pair of double plays, one with the bases loaded and no one out. He’s just a terrible, terrible player, and I don’t know what it will take to get him benched. I’m hardly a Wes Helms fan, but Wes’ stats for the season are far superior, 89 points of OPS. Even Lockhart has better numbers.