Roman Colon finally picked up a win, largely because he finally got some run support. Greg Maddux… Well, he’s Greg Maddux for four innings but there’s not all that much left in the tank after that.
It was a pitcher’s duel through four and a half. Maddux gave up a first inning run when Johnson doubled and Marcus brought him home with a single, but got out of it. Colon gave up a solo homer in the second, but after pitching out of a first inning jam (one not his fault, the defense was pretty shaky) cruised for awhile.
Then the Braves broke through in the fifth. Betemit had a one out single and Colon bunted him over. Maddux pitched around Furcal, it looked like, and walked him (you assume that whenever Greg walks anyone he’s pitching around him) but Johnson came through with an RBI single to take the lead. Then Marcus doubled both runners home to make it 4-1 and scored on Andruw’s single to make it 5-1.
Colon got into one more jam, loading the bases with one out in the seventh, but struck out a pinch-hitter and then got a flyout to end it. For the game, he gave up seven hits, but walked just one, striking out four, and needed just 84 pitches to throw seven innings.
He probably would have left then anyway, but the rain was coming down hard and there was a two-hour delay. Brower allowed one hit in the eighth — he seemingly always does — and Reitsma pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.
Marcus wound up 3-4 with three RBI and a run scored, and is inching towards .300. His power isn’t quite what it was before the shoulder injury but he’s getting there. Only to face his nemesis, Mark Prior, tomorrow. If Prior reaches base, hopefully LaRoche will be ready to tackle him should he get any more baserunning ideas.
Smoltz will face Prior tomorrow, weather permitting. Hopefully they’ll get it in, otherwise we’re looking at some possibility like a doubleheader on the Monday after the end of the season, because I don’t see Thursday’s game happening if the storm tracks like it should. SportsSouth as usual, but also ESPN. If you have both, you can compare the obscenity delays… The Natspos, typically, won by one run again. Even Pedro Martinez can’t beat them. For what it’s worth, with losses by the Marlins, Phillies, and Mets, the Braves are 3 1/2 up in the wildcard, but most of the league’s within 7 1/2.