– MLB – Box Score – Reds at Braves

For 6 2/3 innings, the Braves couldn’t do anything on offense, and it looked like Smoltz would have yet another great outing go to waste. But with two out in the seventh, they broke through, and Smoltz got a win.

He was great, striking out ten in eight innings and walking only one. He needed 120 pitches to get that far, so there wasn’t much chance of him going any further, but 85 of those pitches were strikes. The Reds got their lone run in the fourth when Griffey scored after a leadoff double; they got three hits in that inning, half their total off of Smoltz.

In the middle innings, the Braves looked like they were drifting and another loss was coming quickly. But McCann, after falling behind with two out in the seventh, worked his way into a single. Francoeur followed, and hit a long fly that bounced on the edge of the centerfield fence and over. LaRoche reached on a popup that dropped for a double, Langerhans was walked intentionally, and Smoltz singled in the third run of the game with his second hit.

Chipper tripled off the top of the wall with one out in the eighth, but Andruw couldn’t get him home. McCann then laced a double off the wall to score him and reach the final score. Ray pitched the ninth, giving up a hit but striking out two.

Last game before the depressing break tomorrow. Thomson is supposed to start for some reason.