Things are really clicking now, though it’s only the Pirates. Chuck James took a perfect game to the sixth and a no-hitter to one out in the seventh, leaving with seven innings of shutout, one-hit, three-walk baseball. He only struck out three, but his control was great for the first five, and he was able to run the ball up the ladder to get lots of weak popups.
The offensive hero was Thorman, who really should get a chance to play every day now. In the second, he hit a three-run homer to give the Braves the early lead. In the ninth, after the Pirates scored two off of Paronto to close to 7-2, he put the lead back to seven with a two-run blast. The amazing Willie Harris went 4-5 with two doubles. All the position starters had at least one hit; everyone but Pete Orr (batting eighth and playing third base while Chipper had the day off) scored at least one run. Francoeur had three hits but was somewhat overshadowed.
Paronto, as I mentioned, struggled, allowing two runs on four hits. Moylan had to rescue him and was very sharp in an inning and two thirds, getting Poor Adam LaRoche (“Poor” is now his official first name, I think) on a double play to end the scoring threat in the eighth and breezing through the ninth with a pair of strikeouts.
I keep linking to ESPN, but now they’re using popups to tell me Barry Bonds is on deck. Sheesh. Maybe I should go to SI or Sportsline… There will be a site outage this morning for server maintenance, but Sean doesn’t think it will last long.
UPDATE: I’ve added a poll thingy. You’d have to page down on the front page, but it’s up top on individual entries.
UPDATE UPDATE: I forgot to mention that Bobby passed Sparky Anderson for fourth on the career wins list. That’s probably where he’ll wind up, because LaRussa isn’t going to retire until Bobby does. Five wins to 2200.