What a mismatch. Kristin Benson was in trouble from the get-go. The Braves couldn’t break through until the third, but
she had to throw a bunch of pitches just to get out of the first. (Final pitch count was 95 in five innings.) The Braves didn’t draw many walks — one by Drew and one by Chipper — but worked the count and eventually busted through.
Jaret Wright sparkled both on the mound and at the plate. As a pitcher, he went seven, allowing only three hits, didn’t walk anyone, and struck out six. 49 of the 75 pitches he threw were strikes. As a hitter, he was 2-3 and scored two runs, including the first of the game in the third inning.
Other than Wright, the offense all came from the first five hitters in the order, who combined to go 9-16 with six runs scored and eight RBI. (The 6-8 hitters were all 0-4.) Estrada was the biggest gun, 3-4 and driving in four including three on a fifth inning homer that pretty much iced the game.
I thought Bobby might let Wright finish since he hadn’t thrown too many pitches, but Gryboski and Cruz pitched the last two innings, each allowing a single.
I don’t know if Tom Martin was on hand for the game or not — probably not — nor if he’ll replace McConnell or Tim Drew on the roster… The Phillies won (behind Kevin Millwood) today, while the Marlins lost to the Expos again tonight to fall to 5 1/2 out.