The Braves won the game, but they lost Marcus for probably two months. You’d rather have it the other way. It appeared to me that on the play Andruw did say something to call Marcus off, but I don’t know for sure — and Marcus certainly didn’t hear it.
Overshadowed by the injury were spectacular games by Estrada and LaRoche. Estrada was 5-5 with 5 RBI, 2 runs scored, and ten total bases, missing the cycle by a triple. (Actually, I thought he might have had a shot on his second double, which went to the right field corner, but Julio Franco, running from first, held up at third. Albert Hall lives.) LaRoche had four doubles, tying a major league record last set, ironically, by Giles. Drew’s streak of games with a homer ended but he did go 1-3 with two walks and two runs scored.
Russ Ortiz had nothing, leaving after 1 1/3 innings with the bases loaded after walking in a run. Alfonseca came in and got a double play to get out of the inning — preserving a 5-4 lead at the time — and wound up with the win. He really is pitching pretty well now, not that I trust him. But he might be better off in the traditional Gryboski role as the ground ball guy. At least he’s had some success in the past. The Braves got two terrific innings from Almanza, one good and one bad inning from Cruz (allowing the other two Milwaukee runs) and two good innings from Reitsma to finish it.
The Braves are now 3-2 on the road trip. If they want a sweep of the series, they’ll have to earn it tomorrow afternoon against Ben Sheets.