The Braves rebounded once again from a big loss. (They’ve lost by ten or more runs five times this year. As the game story points out — I didn’t notice this — they’re 5-0 in the games after that. Take that, Pythagoras.) Binary offense again, all the runs scoring one at a time: 01101100. Javy hit his 39th homer (the Braves’ 216th, breaking the franchise record) and had two other hits. Chipper was 3-3 with a walk, and Marcus Giles had another double.
Horacio Ramirez was superb in seven innings of work. He gave up two solo homers, but struck out seven and didn’t walk anyone, and allowed only four other hits. He has to be ahead of Reynolds now, right? Jaret Wright was great again, striking out two in a perfect eighth, and Will Cunnane followed with the same in the ninth for his third save. The bullpen for postseason looks like Smoltz, Cunnane, Wright, Mercker, and King, with the last spot depending upon Gryboski and Holmes.
The Marlins won to take the wildcard lead. They’re one up on the Phillies, 3 1/2 (pending tonight’s game) on the Dodgers, and four up on the Cubs (or Astros, depending on how you look at it)… Maddux goes for the Braves tomorrow night, looking for his 15th win of the season.