Hey, who woke up Robert Fick? Fick homered with two on in the second, his first round-tripper since July, and the Braves cruised from there. After the fourth inning it was 7-1 and it was 10-2 entering the bottom of the ninth. The Expos added four runs then to make it look good. Three Braves — DeRosa (still in for Giles) and the Joneses — had three hits apiece. Javy had one, but it was a two-run double to give him 100 RBI for the year.
Horacio Ramirez had another good start, seven innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk, striking out three. He’s verging on getting his ERA below four. His line’s not quite as impressive as in some of his recent starts, but it will do. Boom-Boom Bobby managed to get through an inning without giving up a run, but Trey Hodges was an utter disaster again, giving up four in the ninth. They’re all credited as unearned, but when you give up four runs you have some responsibility.
The Marlins and Phillies were idle… Maddux goes against Tomo Ohka tonight. A Braves win, or losses by the Phillies and Dodgers, would clinch a postseason berth for the Braves. I haven’t worked out all the details, though.