Let’s see, who hasn’t had a big game lately… Vinny! Castilla hit two homers (in consecutive innings, the eighth and ninth) and the Braves blew another game open late with six in the eighth. Gary Sheffield had a grand slam four batters after Vinny’s two-run shot for four of his five RBI. The Braves had sixteen hits in all. Just another day at the office.
Shane Reynolds was the beneficiary of all this, going seven innings and giving up only two third-inning runs. It was a fine performance in all, five strikeouts, five hits, two walks. It’ll do. Ray King pitched the eighth and Darren Holmes — who returned from the DL in Joey Dawley’s place — the ninth.
Marcus Giles’ extremities came under fire, as he was hit by pitches in the hand and the foot. He seems to be okay. It wouldn’t be surprising if he got the day off tomorrow anyway.