Sigh. Just one of those games. The Braves lost 7-1. They fell behind 2-1 early and had a ton of chances to tie or take the lead in the middle innings, but simply couldn’t get the hit. Then Tom Glavine tired and pretty soon it was 5-1, and the Braves’ streak of non-losing series came to an end. Gary Sheffield failed to reach base, ending his streak. If he had reached in either of his first two tries, the Braves might have taken a lead, and then who knows what happens? Oh, well, you can’t win them all.
Glavine did something atypically boneheaded, and reminiscent of something that happened to David Cone against the Braves back in the eighties. After missing a tag on a baserunner at first, he looked at the umpire, which allowed a runner to score all the way from second on a bunt single. Stupid baseball, really, but it didn’t lose the game.
The Braves have a day off, then three with the Brewers. They won’t see the division again for a month. If it still matters, the Mets are 12 1/2 games out after rallying to beat the Reds today.