Hey, a winning streak! Of course, winning two against the Expos isn’t very impressive right now. They look like zombies to me — just going through the motions. The Braves won 5-3. Jason Marquis was decent enough, five innings, three runs allowed, and Javier Vazquez was a little worse. Chris Hammond pitched relief and wound up with the win, John Smoltz with his 48th save.
Andruw homered for the first time in two weeks, and Mark DeRosa for only the second time this year. Both were solo shots to break ties, with Andruw’s holding up. Hopefully he’s coming out of his slump. He seems to have a pretty good idea about the strike zone right now, but he simply can’t swing properly. DeRosa played short for the second consecutive night. Rafael Furcal doesn’t seem to be hurt, just resting. Marcus Giles played second but looked lost at the plate.
One more with the Expos, one the Braves should win since Millwood is pitching. No word on any acquisitions — not even any rumors — and I assume this is the team we’re going to get. There should be some callups from Richmond soon, but I don’t know if they’ll arrive before the team returns to Atlanta.