Sorry, had to get that out of my system. The Braves finished off the sweep, beating the Mets and poor (well, not financially speaking) Tom Glavine. (The Mets are now 19 games back. Ha Ha!) Tommy gave up three runs in the first on back-to-back Jones singles and a sac fly from Javy. He looked like he’d finally found himself after that (looked like — he was getting outs but all on balls in play, didn’t strike anyone out in the game) but Julio Franco hit a two-run homer in the sixth and soon after Glavine was gone. Franco has two homers this year, both off Tom.
Group effort from the Braves, who had nine hits and five walks. Sheffield seemed to hurt his wrist on a slide in the second, and didn’t swing at all his next two ABs (still drawing a walk), but doubled to drive in Giles in the eighth, plus he didn’t give way to Bragg defensively, so he’s probably okay. In time-honored fashion, Marcus had three hits yesterday so started today on the bench. He had the double as a pinch-hitter then stayed on for defense. Who’d have thought even in spring that Marcus’ glove would be a plus?
“All-Star” Russ Ortiz got his twelfth win, pitching his usual pretty-good baseball for 7 1/3, though he seemed to tire late. Only four strikeouts (nobody in this rotation strikes anyone out, it drives me nuts) but good control. You take what you can get. After the rain delay, Ray King allowed a run-scoring hit and then Gryboski bravely allowed a line drive to strike him, deflecting it to DeRosa for a double play. It’s not my imagination that Gryboski gets lots of liners hit at him, is it? After the danger was past, John Smoltz had his 34th save.
The Braves have four in Wrigley, then seven of them will move to the South Side for the All-Star game.