Blech. Jaret Wright shut the Reds out for five innings, but gave up two runs in the sixth. Meanwhile, the Braves got a run in the first, then didn’t do anything for the next seven innings. They loaded the bases with one-out in the ninth, but Chipper hit a so-useful sac fly, and Estrada (hitting righthanded, which he really can’t do) popped up to end the game. The Braves were hitless with runners in scoring position, since their first run scored on a wild pitch.
Julio was the only Brave with two hits; they had only six total. They did draw seven walks, including three in the ninth. Two, of course, were by Drew.
Gryboski relieved Wright, but sucked, loading the bases on two walks and a infield single, and also a wild pitch. He lasted only a half inning before giving way to Martin. The two relievers I still have confidence in, though, did nothing to shake that confidence. Alfonseca needed only six pitches to get through the eighth, and Cruz struck out the side in the ninth.
The Marlins lost to the Phillies again. The magic number is one, but that’s for two teams now. A Brave win over the Marlins, who come into Atlanta tomorrow, will clinch the division. That would also eliminate the Phillies, who can eliminate themselves by losing to the Expos.