– MLB – Recap – Braves at Mets – 09/27/2002

Braves 3, Mets 1. John Smoltz got his 54th save, setting a new NL save record. He even pitched an inning and a third, coming in with the tying run at the plate, so it was moderately difficult. I’m not a big fan of the save statistic, but he’s having a good year and has been great the second half of the season. Chris Hammond has pitched even better, adding another shutout inning today to lower his ERA to .95. Greg Maddux is pretty good in his own right and pitched five innings, giving up one run, to get his 16th win.

Offensively, Vinny Castilla, of all people, had two RBI, one coming on a solo homer. He was the only Brave hitter with more than one hit. Chipper had his 97th RBI and still has a shot at 100… The Braves need only one more win, with three or four games to go, to reach 100. They could get it tonight; the game should start in about 20 minutes.