Well, that’s salvaging something. Trey Hodges started and pitched exceptionally well for 4 2/3 innings, but Bobby pulled him after he gave up a two-out run-scoring double. So no win for Trey; it was somewhat randomly assigned to Darren Holmes instead. However, I have to wonder if they can send Hodges down to Richmond after a performance like that.
The Braves got good performances from four relievers, but used five; Kevin Gryboski almost made the game interesting in the seventh, allowing a single and a double with nobody out. He got out of it with only one run scoring, but Bobby keeps using him in high-leverage situations even though it’s pretty clear he’s not very good. On the other end of the spectrum is John Smoltz; three hitters, three strikeouts in a non-save situation. So far this year he’s allowed three hits, no runs, no walks, in 4 1/3.
Offensively, the Braves hit home runs, so they won. They’re now 4-0 when they do. Moreover, they’re 4-0 when Andruw Jones homers; he’s hit one in each win, last night a solo shot in the fourth. Robert Fick also added a solo homer in the seventh. Every Braves regular had at least one hit and reached base via hit or walk at least twice — except Vinny Castilla, who was 0-4. Ah, normality.
The road trip continues with three in Florida starting tonight.