If you’re Horacio Ramirez, at this stage, you had to be thinking “What do I have to do to get a win around here?” Apparently, eight innings of shutout baseball. Even that almost wasn’t enough, as the Braves didn’t score until Drew and Chipper hit back-to-back homers in the eighth. I don’t like to think about where the Braves would be without Drew.
As JC at Sabernomics has pointed out, Ramirez has been ironically both unlucky and lucky. Yes, he has a 2.25 ERA and just got his first win. On the other hand, his numbers don’t really reflect someone pitching that well — he’s been “hit-lucky”. But tonight, he was sharp, striking out five and walking three. Smoltz pitched the ninth for the save; Ramirez had thrown 119 pitches.
Wilson Betemit played shortstop and led off with Jesse Garcia on leave. DeRosa was back in the lineup at third, hitting eighth… Night game tomorrow, Ortiz versus Matt Kinney.