Marcus Giles is definitely going to be benched tomorrow, after his tenth-inning game winning homer. Heck, the precedent is in place for him to be sent down to Richmond. Marcus’ homer off of Dan Smith capped a rare come-from-behind win for the Braves, one set up by Gary Sheffield’s own solo shot leading off the ninth.
To that point, the only run of the game was a solo homer by Orlando Cabrera off of — guess who! — Kevin Gryboski. Gryboski then allowed a double but managed to get out of it, leaving aside the question of why he was still in the game to begin with. I think he’s inherited Lockhart’s photo collection.
The rest of the pitching staff, of course, escaped unscathed. Shane Reynolds wasn’t around for the decision, of course, but pitched five innings, allowing five hits and no walks, striking out three. I’d like a report on his velocity from any Turner South-receiving aliens, but the results at least were promising. Roberto Hernandez struck out the side in the eighth, and Jung Bong picked up his first career win with a one-hit ninth. John Smoltz, of course, got the save.
Chipper Jones had two hits but was pulled for Darren Bragg as a pinch-runner in the ninth. I don’t know why. Robert Fick is still having shoulder problems it seems and Matt Franco got his first start of the season. He was 0-2 with a walk before giving way to Julio… The Braves are now in third place, three games behind the Expos and Phillies.