This is the sort of thing that drives you crazy. Now that it’s completely irrelevant, the Braves beat up Ollie Perez for six and pile on the Mets’ bullpen. Smoltz, who pitched well when things were relevant, did pitch well, going eight, striking out six with two walks and six hits, and was rarely in any kind of trouble after allowing two singles to lead off the game. It was his fifteenth win; one of the least of the crimes of Lying Chris Reitsma and the Monkeyboy Bullpen is that they cost Smoltz a chance at 18 or more wins and maybe Cy Young consideration.
The Braves jumped on top in the first; after back-to-back singles of their own (by Aybar and Giles) Renteria hit a sac fly to score the first run and Andruw hit his 40th homer of the year to score the next two. Aybar led off the third with a homer and Diaz did the same in the fourth. In the sixth, they chased Perez with a single, double, and sac fly. In the eighth, they put six on the board off of Heath “I Get a Postseason Share Even If I’m Not on the Roster” Bell, Renteria finishing off with a bases-clearing double. Aybar finished 3-3 with two walks, three runs scored. McBride came in for the Atlanta Save.