At last, a comfortable win, but after all the Nationals are the Expos. The Braves pounded out fifteen hits — even Mondesi had two, and every starter but Jordan had at least one. Furcal and Andruw hit two-run homers in the fifth to blow the game open to 7-0. Andruw wound up going 2-3 with a walk, two runs scored and three RBI. LaRoche was 3-5 with three RBI, Furcal drove in two and scored three. Mike Hampton went 2-4 and scored twice.
On the mound, it was a vintage Good Hampton performance. He went eight, allowing just one run on a solo homer to Jose Guillen. Hampton didn’t walk anyone, allowed seven hits, struck out just two (normal) and got a double play. Gryboski pitched the ninth, allowing an unearned run; Betemit, in at third for Chipper with the big lead, tried to field a line drive with his forearm or something. It’s not really Betemit’s bat that’s the problem, it’s his glove.
The crowd was the smallest in Turner Field history, but then again, Washington is Montreal. Esteban Loaiza versus Hudson tomorrow on Turner South.