I thoroughly jinxed Vinny (who batted just twice more, and went 0-2) and Hampton (the ex-Personal Catcher Eddie Perez singled in the fifth), but a good result anyway. Hampton wound up throwing 105 pitches — 79 strikes — in a five-hit complete game. He also struck out four and walked only one. The lone run came in the seventh, when the Brewers had three of their hits. Hampton also had a two-RBI double that finished the Braves’ scoring for the day.
Vinny drove in the Braves’ first three runs, two on the triple in the second, the other on a solo homer in the fourth. In a team effort, every Brave reached base, the bottom of the order doing the most damage. After loading the bases and not scoring in the third, the Braves loaded them again in the fifth, and this time wound up with a four-run inning that pretty much ended the game.
The Phillies are tied with the Rockies after six… The Braves now visit St. Louis for three. It’s a huge series for the reeling Cardinals, who have fallen to third in the Central and fifth in the wild card. Unfortunately for the Cards, their starting pitchers in the first two games are Jeff Fassero (1-5, 5.74) and Garrett Stephenson (5-11, 4.56). No predictions here except that lots of runs will be scored. The Braves swept the Cards in Atlanta in April.