Do you think Bobby accepts Marcus Giles yet? Marcus had three hits including a double, scored twice and drove in two. The Braves had thirteen hits in all, and all starters except the returning-to-normal Vinny had at least one hit, including starting pitcher Russ Ortiz who had two.
Ortiz had a fine outing, almost going the distance, with Darren Holmes getting the last out. Ortiz had to throw 127 pitches to get that far, though, and walked six against only five strikeouts. Yes, I’ve moved from being obsessed with the Braves’ offensive walk totals to being obsessed with their pitchers’ walks.
Javy Lopez, who if I forgot to mention it returned last night, hit the game’s only homer in the second inning. Rafael Furcal had two hits and a walk, scoring twice… The Braves now go west for three in Houston starting Tuesday, followed by three in Arizona. The next seven series are all against teams from the NL Central and West. The Braves are tied with the Phillies and Expos for first, all teams 15-10.