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19 Apr

Philadelphia 4, Atlanta 0 – MLB – Recap – Phillies at Braves – 04/19/2003

Oh, well. Mike Hampton’s debut could have been worse. He pitched five innings, gave up six hits, walked four, only struck out one and threw two wild pitches. All the runs were his. Still, he pitched well enough to give the Braves a chance except that they had no offense. Vicente Padilla threw a complete-game shutout for the Phillies.

The Braves managed only four hits — one apiece by Furcal, Matt Franco, Sheffield, and Chipper. Franco hit second, with Giles banished to the eighth spot in the order. Sheffield now has a 16-game hitting streak. Javy Lopez pulled his hamstring running out a grounder and was replaced by Henry Blanco, which didn’t help. If Javy is going to be unavailable for any length of time, the Braves need to send down a pitcher and call up the red-hot Johnny Estrada. And play him rather than sit him while Blanco does his Steve Torrealba impression at the plate.

The pitcher sent down for Hampton was Jason Marquis, which isn’t really a surprise. Jason wasn’t happy as a reliever, obviously, and the Braves need to get him some work as a starter. Right now, if they need an emergency starter it would be Trey Hodges or Jung Bong. Both pitched today, and effectively enough. Bong threw two shutout innings, though he did allow three hits, and Hodges pitched a one-hit ninth.

Shane Reynolds gets his second start tomorrow. If Jason Marquis is going to come back — at least before roster expansion — Reynolds is who he’d likely replace.

3 Responses to “Philadelphia 4, Atlanta 0”

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    Colin Says:

    With ten baserunners and 2 wild pitches in 5 innings, his start was about what I’d have expected. Sigh.

    Be nice to see Bong get a start here or there.

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    Colin Says:

    You get one wish. The Braves DL’ed Fick and are calling up Estrada. Now the question is if they’ll just run Blanco out there every day with Estrada as backup (which is what the story author seems to think, and I’m inclined to agree).


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    bamadan Says:

    I don’t know anyone who was more disappointed by the Hampton signing than me. 6 years at $8.1m is ludicrous for a pitcher whose pre-Coors performance was good, but not consistently dominant.

    But the last two runs should be shared with Blanco. With runners on 1st and 2nd, two wild pitches scored one and left a runner on 3rd where he scored via a sac fly. While there is no functional difference between the PB and WP, both pitches *should* have been blocked. Blanco reached to his left without moving his body and neither pitch was that far from the target. The announcers kept making excuses about how much movement Hampton was getting and how little Blanco had played with him, but a major league catcher – let alone one as purportedly defensively sound as Blanco – should have made the plays.

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