Bobby finally did go get Reynolds, and the bullpen held on for a victory. But, once again, I’d like to say that if you leave a starter out there hoping to save your bullpen, you’re most likely going to wind up giving up runs and having to go to the pen.
Reynolds was hit-lucky today. He didn’t strike anyone out, but the A’s didn’t draw many walks and they hit the ball at the fielders. In the seventh, his luck ran out with two outs as four straight A’s reached base and Bobby left him out there to give up two runs. King got out of it with the tying run on third and the go-ahead run on first, getting Scott Hatteberg again. Holmes and Smoltz finished the job.
The Braves didn’t get a lot of baserunners, but they got solo shots from Sheffield in the first and Andruw in the sixth, and Blanco squeezed home Franco in the seventh. Javy added an insurance run on a single in the eighth. Darren Bragg, of course, was 0-4 with a strikeout and is now hitting a remarkable .113. What does it take to get cut from this team, anyway? Lockhart would be ashamed of that. Belliard would be ashamed. And Bragg’s an outfielder.
Tomorrow, the Braves start three at Seattle. The Mariners have been struggling with the Expos, losing the first two games of the series with a game tonight, but still have the second-best record in baseball behind the Braves.