Another day, another no-hit bid. But the Braves got more runs this time. Greg Maddux had another terrific start, three runs, two earned, in seven-plus innings, and didn’t give up a hit until two out in the sixth. Ray King allowed two inherited runs to score, but Gryboski and Bong got out of the eighth without further damage, and Smoltz closed it out.
Robert Fick was the hitting star with a fourth inning grand slam and another RBI in the fifth, then scoring the last Braves run in the seventh. Rafael Furcal had two hits and a walk, and Gary Sheffield scored twice.
I’m worried about Marcus Giles. He was 0-5, and is down to .302 on the year. His average has fallen 27 points and his OPS about 60 in the last week. Slumps happen, but 1-23 doesn’t normally.