Well, that was fun. 11-2 Braves, and the game was pretty much over in the third when the good guys scored seven runs. Ken Griffey played his first game of the season for Cincinnati, but it didn’t do them much good. Moreover, the Braves scored all those runs basically on singles and doubles, not the homers they relied on earlier this year. Every Braves position player got a hit; in fact, everyone but Wes Helms got two hits. Kevin Millwood had six strong innings to get the win, and the back of the pen (Hammond, Ligtenberg, and Albie Lopez) all got in successful innings. All in all, it was a great day.
The Mets and Marlins are tied in the tenth. At the start of the day the Mets were a game up on the Braves and Marlins, so a Marlins win would create a three-way tie for first. The Mets have two runners on in the bottom of the inning, with no one out, so that seems unlikely, but at least the Braves would be alone in second.
Gary Sheffield didn’t play. He’s expected to return no later than Monday. Darren Bragg is starting in right field. This would be a good time to release Keith Lockhart and use the roster spot on an outfielder. Of course, any time is a good time to release Lockhart.