Smoltz threw a complete game shutout and the Baby Braves got him some support after missing a couple chances early. Smoltz gave up five hits, walked two, and struck out six. He needed 123 pitches (87 strikes) to do it. That’s borderline, but acceptable, especially if it gets another day off for that bullpen. Would have been better if not for a couple of extra baserunners on errors.
Pete Orr made two errors (Furcal bailed him out on one of them) but had a big day at the plate, going 2-2 with a walk and scoring two runs. Marcus was apparently getting a routine day off but hit for Orr in the seventh and he got a hit and a run scored too. So a good day for the second basemen. Andruw was 1-3 with a walk and three RBI; the first of the game, on a groundout, and the last two, on a long homer to put him back in the league lead with 20. All the position players had hits but Langerhans.
Natspos are losing big, Mets beat the Phillies, so about as good as it could have been for the Braves tonight. Tomorrow,
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