Back to real games, back to beating the Mets. Back to being Greg Maddux? (Maybe it was Skip Caray’s return to the booth that brought a return to pitchers’ duels.) Maddux threw a complete game for the first time in exactly two years, allowing eight hits and one walk, at one stage retiring 13 straight batters. After giving up a game-tying homer in the seventh, it looked like he wasn’t going to get the decision, but he hung in there.
The Braves had a bunch of baserunners, but couldn’t do much with them. They hit into three double plays and stranded ten more runners. Mark DeRosa was the hero for his check-swing roller that turned into a game-winning hit with the bases loaded in the ninth, but easily could have been a goat for his two double plays. Furcal had three hits and a walk, Vinny three hits, and Andruw scored twice.
Vinny got charged with a caught stealing of home in the fourth. After tripling in Andruw to tie the game at one, he broke for home on a squeeze play but the Personal Catcher couldn’t get the bunt down. Why run a squeeze play in that situation? Probably because the Personal Catcher hits like a pitcher. Anyway, the break didn’t cool Vinny off.
The Phillies beat the free-falling Expos in extras to keep pace. The Marlins didn’t play and move into a third-place tie, 13 1/2 out. The Mets have their best chance to steal a game in this series with Jae Seo facing Hampton tonight.