The Braves are now finally above .500, tied with the Phillies and a half-game behind Montreal. Vinny Castilla was the hero, scoring an early run and driving in two in the sixth to put the Braves up 5-4. Julio Franco also drove in two in the inning, in which the Braves turned a 4-1 deficit to the final score.
Greg Maddux started, gave up two runs in the first, settled down, then gave up two runs in the sixth inning, which he couldn’t get out of. He still lowered his ERA to 7.52, sky-high for him. His control was a lot better than it was early in the year. Kevin Gryboski finished the inning and got the win. Ray King and Roberto Hernandez pitched an inning each for holds, and John Smoltz pitched a perfect ninth (with two strikeouts) for the win.
Though the Braves have a five-game winning streak and are over .500, they’ve still been outscored by twenty runs this year… Mike Hampton is listed as tomorrow’s starter, and I haven’t heard anything otherwise. I don’t know who would be sent down for him… Chipper Jones was back in the lineup in left field. Robert Fick was not back, but Franco would have started against a lefty anyway.