Man, that sucked. The line for Kristin: CG, 4 H, 7 K, 0 BB. The worst part is that that’s no worse than the third-worst hitting game for the Braves this year. Kristin took a perfect game to two out in the fourth when Piazza made an error, and the no-hitter through four.
The Braves’ only serious threat came when they put two hits together in the fifth, one by Estrada and one by Andruw. But Thomas fouled out, and Bobby didn’t pinch-hit for Ortiz, who had already given up three runs, all by homer. Ortiz made an out and the game was, for all intents and purposes over.
Ortiz gave up another run in the bottom of the inning, then couldn’t get out of the sixth, allowing three more runs. His final line: 5 2/3, 7 ER, 9 H, 3 BB, 3 K, 3 HR. Martin came in to allow two inherited runs without an out, then Tim Drew finished the inning. Dan Meyer — who I guess won’t be starting Thursday — finished the game, allowing one hit and striking out one. (With Martin awful and Hampton questionable, Meyer might be the Braves’ top lefty in the playoffs assuming they get that far.) The only good to come out of the game was that Chipper, Drew, and Furcal got some rest after it was clearly out of reach.
The Marlins won again and are seven back. The Reds are again trying to blow a big lead to the Phillies but haven’t managed it yet. The Braves’ lead is seven with seventeen games to go. Leiter versus Thomson tomorrow on SportsSouth. Thursday’s game is supposed to be on TBS but little chance I will see it because either I’ll be at work or my power will have been knocked out by the hurricane.