Tom Glavine on the mound, the Mets’ season on the line, and the Braves won. Seems like old times, except for Glavine wearing the wrong uniform.
The Braves jumped out to a 6-0 lead after five. Byrd had a no-hitter at the time, but in the sixth he fell apart, allowing first a solo homer then a three-run shot, and didn’t get out of the inning. Alfonseca allowed a homer in the seventh, but Tom Martin came in in his Braves debut and got two pop flies to get out of a runner on third, one out situation. Reitsma had another strong outing and Smoltz struck out the side in the ninth (with a single mixed in).
Andruw was the hitting hero, driving in a run with a (questionably scored) single in the first, then hitting a three-run homer in the fifth to finish the Braves’ scoring. No doubt he’ll come under fire for not hitting more homers. Chipper and Marrero each had three hits.
Greg Maddux won’t get his 300th win today, leaving down 3-2, but the Cubs just jumped over the Phillies for four runs in the seventh (and are still batting) and the Braves would be 5 1/2 up if that holds up. The Expos lead the Marlins again, 2-0, during a rain delay. The Mets are now nine games out, 9 1/2 in tenth place in the wild card, and have sacrificed their future only to seem themselves out of contention within three days. But that’s what makes them the Mets.
The Braves get a travel day and Tuesday start a road trip to Houston and Arizona. The Phillies will also head west, to San Diego and LA, while the Marlins will precede the Braves into Arizona before returning home to face the Brewers. The Mets are pretty much done.
I shouldn’t say this, but… The Braves’ magic number is 54. Hee.