We own the Astros. Fulton County or the Ted, the Astrodome or that bandbox they’re pretending is a major league ballpark, the Braves have no problems. Mike Hampton was perfect for 3 1/3 before giving up a home run, and combined with Holmes and Hodges to shut them out the rest of the way. Perhaps more importantly, he only walked one.
Gary Sheffield was the offensive star, going 4-4 with a walk, driving in three and scoring four, and homering in the eighth when the game was well out of reach. Chipper had three hits, including two doubles, and four RBI. The Braves got their runs in the middle innings for the most part — three in the fourth, two in the fifth, and five in the sixth to put it away.
Vinnywatch: 0-5, including a double play, but scored two runs. Down to .255 for the season, still in the lineup every day. The Braves have six productive hitters in the lineup, plus Javy who isn’t any worse than most catchers, and Vinny. Hampton, legitimately a better hitter, should have hit seventh.
Shane Reynolds starts against his old team tonight. We’ll see which version shows up. If he pitches poorly, the Braves may have to start thinking about giving Hodges a shot.