Any Expos fans not yet in a captive breeding program for endangered species must be pretty upset tonight. It was great. Expo closer Rocky Biddle came in with a 2-1 lead in the ninth and managed to allow the Braves to score two runs on only one hit — and that was Chipper’s leadoff single. An error, a walk, a HBP, and another walk later, the Braves had won. Javy was the HBP to drive in the tying run, and Furcal had what reportedly was a great PA to get the game-winning walk.
As I’d expected, Javier Vazquez started off like gangbusters, retiring the first nine Braves in a row. In the fourth, he allowed a run and had the bases loaded with one out, but got Robert Fick to ground into a DP in what looked like the big play of the game. But after the fifth the game was stopped by rain, and Vazquez didn’t come back.
Greg Maddux did. He wound up throwing seven innings and wishing he had two pitches back — pitches hit for back-to-back solo homers in the fourth. Other than that, he was great and efficient, throwing 64 pitches, 49 strikes, and was generally far better than Russ Ortiz the night before. Didn’t get him a “win”, of course. Jung Bong got that for pitching the ninth.
The Phillies lost to the Marlins, and the Braves’ lead in the East is back to six, eight over the Expos, eleven on the Marlins. Day game tomorrow, which of course won’t be on TBS either. They’re showing “Overboard” instead. Of course, the Mets series opener will be. The Mets are sixteen games out, and more pathetic every day.