Okay, I think we can safely say that Chipper has found his home run stroke. He hit two two-run homers today — against Matt Morris, no less — giving him five in the last seven games. The Braves won 6-1. Jason Marquis, who has been skipped recently with several off-days, started and got the win, pitching six innings. He wasn’t great — five hits, three walks, only two strikeouts — but he did only give up the one run. Hammond, Remlinger, and Smoltz all pitched an inning with a big lead again, but they haven’t gotten a lot of work lately.
Wes Helms started again at third base, and maybe is going to play at least semi-regularly. He didn’t hurt his cause any with two more hits and a run scored. Andruw Jones didn’t start in an attempt to rest his sore right shoulder, but came in late for defense anyway, and got a hit in his one plate appearance.
One more with the Cardinals, a Sunday Night game. Then a day off before a road trip to Arizona and Houston.