The Braves beat Pedro Martinez, sort of. He obviously wasn’t right, giving up eight hits; he was about five MPH off on his fastball, throwing about 88-90. But he only gave up two runs, so he was doing something right. The second run came on a Gary Sheffield sac fly, scoring Rafael Furcal, in the eighth inning. Kevin Millwood didn’t get the win, but pitched more than well enough to. He went seven innings and gave up only one run on three hits; it was his second straight good outing winding up with a no-decision. Chris Hammond got the win, pitching one inning of perfect relief with two strikeouts. Hammond has won five games now.
Matt Franco got the start at first base. Julio Franco has been mired in an awful slump, as has (on the occasions he’s played) Wes Helms. Franco had two hits, both singles, the second setting up the winning run. He might be the first baseman of the moment, at least against righthanded pitching.