Despite Horacio Ramirez’ best efforts to lose the game singlehandedly, the Braves won anyway behind the bullpen and the outfield. Ramirez pitched 4 2/3, allowing seven hits, walking 5, giving up six runs, four earned — his own errors leading to the unearned runs — and only striking out two. It’s hard to pitch much worse. Gryboski got the only man he faced and wound up with a win.
Sheffield was 2-4 with a walk, two runs scored. Chipper was 2-3 with two walks, two runs scored. Andruw was 2-5, both his hits big ones — a two-run double to cut an Arizona lead to 4-3, and an RBI single to tie the game at 6, and also scored twice. Marcus had the only homer, a first-inning solo shot. Once again, all the regulars got hits.
Bobby may still be sorting out the bullpen. Will Cunnane pitched two good innings, allowing one hit and striking out two. Hodges pitched one with the same numbers. Ray King proved that he can’t fill Boom-Boom’s role, as he allowed one hit in the ninth, but not the second one to set up a save situation.
The Phillies and Marlins won; the Braves are doing them a big favor by beating the DBacks so they probably don’t care so much about being 12 and 12 1/2 back in the division. Arizona is now four out in the wildcard… Schilling and Maddux tomorrow. Sure, that would be more impressive a couple of years ago… But it should still be on an actual network, not Turner South. Congratulations to the eight Turner South mutants, maybe you’ll get to see something special.