So, Mike Hampton still hasn’t won or pitched well in three years, but he has doubled and driven in two runs. And Clint Sammons has, in two games, only one fewer hit than Corky Miller has had all year. Go figure.
The Braves fell behind 2-0 in the first on a double by, of course, Pujols. But Infante hit a solo homer in the second, and Hampton doubled in Jeffy with two out to tie it. Hampton gave up a run in the fourth, but Sammons singled in a run in the bottom of the inning, and Hampton drove in a run with a groundout to take the lead. He couldn’t hold it, and the Cards tied it in the bottom of the inning, his last.
In the sixth, Sammons officially became more productive than Miller has been all year, hitting a two-run homer to take the lead. They got two more runs in the seventh on doubles by Kotsay and Infante, and Escobar singled in Sammons in the eighth for the final score.
Bennett pitched two innings for the win. Soriano and Gonzalez finished up because, hey, why not? It’s not like this team hasn’t already blown one game pitched by Hampton with a 9-4 lead… Kotchman is still hitless as a Brave. After his early hit, Francoeur, who sucks, wound up 1-4 with two strikeouts.