The TBS Braves are a whole lot better than the Turner South Braves, that’s for sure. Desperately in need of a win, the Braves found themselves down 4-1 after the first. I’m thinking, “Here we go again”. But for once, it was the Braves who rallied from an early deficit, and the other guys who couldn’t build on an early lead.
Hampton looked awful in the first, giving up four hits, including two doubles, walking a man, and committing an error. You figure he’s doomed, but from then on he pretty much shut down the Marlins. Alfonseca and Reitsma did an inning apiece — Reitsma returning to good form — and Smoltz struck out two but allowed two hits in a non-save situation.
One thing that helped was that Chipper Jones put in an appearance, getting two hits and a walk, and driving in two. Drew had three hits, and Estrada and Green two apiece. Andruw had a double and two walks, and didn’t strike out. Charles Thomas pinch-hit and had his first career hit, a single to deep short.
The Braves now travel to Baltimore still looking for an actual series win. This would be a good time for it, what with the next two series against the Marlins and Red Sox.