Okay, you know you’re going good when Keith Lockhart picks up the team with a pinch-hit homer leading off the ninth. That made it 3-2, and Smoltz mowed them down for the save. The Braves led 2-0 early, but couldn’t stretch the lead (home runs kept going just foul) and the Mets came back to tie it, and had chances to take the lead but couldn’t. Kevin Millwood — stop me if you’ve heard this before — was strong early but tired in the middle innings, and wound up with a no-decision. Kevin Gryboski pitched an inning and got the win.
Julio Franco homered as well. I’ve given up trying to predict if he’s through. Right now, he’s basically a half-time first baseman splitting time with Matt Franco… Greg Maddux may start tomorrow, or may not. If he doesn’t, Albie Lopez is expected to go, meaning he might finally get to pitch in a close game. Always assuming he doesn’t give up four in the first. He actually started against the Mets earlier this year and was good for about three innings, then tired and gave up five runs, three earned.