A win’s a win, but the Braves had a second straight day of stranding runners, getting 12 hits and 7 walks, leaving thirteen men on base and grounding into three double plays. That’s not going to cut it. Andruw hit a solo homer and drove in one run with an infield single, and Julio went 3-4 and drove in one with another infield single in the same inning. So the Braves did get some hits with runners on base, but that’s not quite what we’re looking for.
Travis Smith, incredibly, didn’t give up a homer in five innings of an emergency start. He actually was perfect through three but wasn’t sharp in the next two. He was lucky enough to get out with only one run scored (Andruw threw out a runner at the plate) and the bullpen pitched the last four innings. Martin was perfect in the sixth, Alfonseca struck out two in the seventh, and Smoltz bailed out Reitsma again in the eighth before a 1-2-3 ninth. The last out was a wicked lineout to Chipper.
Mike Hampton missed his start with a “stiff neck”. I thought maybe it was a fake injury in a game the Braves didn’t think they’d get in, but they got all nine innings, despite threatening weather and heavy winds the whole time. I don’t think there’s any chance tomorrow’s game gets done uninterrupted, but Wright and Padilla are scheduled to start; the game’s on Turner South, says ESPN. The Marlins are still not playing.