A lot of good news, but some bad news too.
The good news first: John Smoltz was back in style. The Braves not only got the first win by one of their starting pitchers this year, they got the first complete-game shutout in the entire NL this year. He only needed 103 pitches, 74 of them strikes. Smoltz struck out four and allowed but four hits and two walks.
The offensive hero was LaRoche, who homered in the second to give the Braves the lead and had an infield single that moved Andruw (who had been hit by a pitch and stole second) to third, where Francoeur singled him in. The Braves only had four hits on the day but made the most of them.
The other hit was by Renteria, keeping his streak going, which leads to the bad news; he apparently pulled something on a swing and immediately left the game. L’il Tony Pena, who is to hitting what his father is to managing, is apparently the shortstop for now until either Renteria gets better or Chipper comes off the DL so Betemit can move to short.
Braves back to .500. Thomson faces Woody Williams tomorrow.