Ben Sheets just owns the Braves. And though he left with an injury, it came too late to help, with two out in the eighth; the Braves got a run in the inning, but left the tying runs on both then and in the ninth.
Horacio Ramirez gave the Braves a chance, which is all you can ask. He held the Brewers to a first-inning run through six, but then allowed a two-run homer to Carlos Lee in the seventh, which turned out to be the winning margin. Other than the homer, Horacio’s bugaboos didn’t show up tonight. He struck out five, allowed but five hits, and walked just one. If he could do that on a consistent basis he’d be okay.
Johnny Estrada got the start at catcher, and I guess Bobby knew something. He went 3-4 with a double. Kelly Johnson led off with Furcal nursing a knee injury and had two hits, including a double, but struck out to end the game (following a strikeout from a pinch-hitting Furcal). Andruw drove in Marcus with the Braves’ only run.
The Brewers were wearing old Milwaukee Braves uniforms tonight, giving the game the look of an intersquad game. The Marlins won earlier, the Natspos tonight. The Phillies trail early, and the Mets lead early… A putative huge pitching mismatch tomorrow with Smoltz facing Rick Helling. The game’s on TBS.