This three days rest thing seems to have been just what Greg Maddux needed. He went seven scoreless innings, walked one (and that semi-intentionally) and struck out four, needing only 82 pitches. It was Damian Moss’ turn in the rotation, but he’d moved to the bullpen as insurance in case Glavine couldn’t go far. If Greg starts being Greg Maddux in the second half, watch out. The Braves got only two runs, but Hammond and Smoltz each threw a scoreless inning. Final score, 2-0 Braves, winning a series yet again.
The HBP yesterday did affect Chipper Jones, who missed the game with a bruised knee. He gets three days off to heal, of course. Andruw struck out two more times and hopefully he’ll pick up some pointers at the All-Star Game. Tom Glavine won’t be there, as his blister problem continues. Bob Brenly should have picked Mike Remlinger to replace him, but chose Vicente Padilla instead. The last-place Phillies now have three All-Stars, and their best player (Bobby Abreu) isn’t one of them.