Big win, especially after getting dominated by Willis last week. The Braves got five runs and eleven hits off Willis in seven innings work, then pounded some rookie for four insurance runs in the ninth. They’ve won five in a row now and are three games up for the wildcard, though the stupid Nats won’t lose.
Jorge Sosa had another strong outing. He gave up a homer to Delgado, but only three other hits, walked two. He only struck out two and I don’t think he was quite as effective as he was in some other outings, but you’ll take it.
Hard to pick out a hitting hero; Kelly Johnson probably. KJ had three hits, including a first-inning triple that drove in Furcal, and scored three runs. Marcus had two hits, drove in two, and hit a solo homer. Andruw had two hits, including a double, and a semi-intentional walk. Furcal, Estrada, and Jordan all also had two hits. Julio only had one, but it was a two-run triple in the ninth. Oldest man to hit a triple, I’d guess. Jordan isn’t that old, but he also had a triple. Three triples, and none of them by Furcal?
Gryboski walked a guy but pitched a scoreless and hitless seventh. Maybe Bobby really has figured out how to use him… but he was up during the sixth. Boyer got into trouble in the eighth, putting two on, but Foster came on to finish the inning by striking out Delgado. Poor Dan Kolb was warming up but then there was a deluge again, and by the time play resumed it was time for Bernerosity rather than Kolbousness. Bernero gave up one hit but got his usual flyouts.
Davies versus Al Leiter tomorrow. Leiter is having an awful year — what with his Kolbous 6.33 ERA and Gryboskiesque more walks than strikeouts — but he still scares me a little. SportsSouth as usual.