For whatever reason, the Braves seem to own Josh Beckett this year. They got all six of their runs off the Marlins’ ace, including five in the first two innings, and held on from there behind a second straight good start from Russ Ortiz to pull to two back of Florida in the division.
Rafael Furcal had three hits and scored twice, and J.D. Drew had his second homer as a Brave. Adam LaRoche is starting to look like the doubles machine we’d been hoping for, with a two-run double in the third that really opened the game up… DeWayne Wise started again in left. I should point out that despite the triples, he’s still only hitting .235 with no walks. Of course, except for Marcus Giles (who had a hit and two walks) none of the Braves’ hitters is exactly lighting it up.
Ortiz had a good Ortiz start, going 6 1/3, allowing one run, and striking out six, but also walking six. Normal. Gryboski, Reitsma, and Smoltz finished it, and none of them allowed a baserunner… Attendance in Florida was 32,477. That’s higher than the attendance in any of the games between the teams in Atlanta. I’m just saying… Hampton versus Penny tonight.