Go ahead, Dodger fans. (Those of you still in the park after the seventh, anyway.) Boo Gary Sheffield. Please. Why don’t you follow the Braves on the road so you can boo him some more? Gary hit a solo shot in the eighth to break a 1-1 tie, Andruw scored a little later, and the Braves won again.
The most exciting play of the game was in the third inning, when Rafael Furcal and Marcus Giles were standing on second and first and took off on a steal. Kaz Ishii threw a wild pitch and Furcal kept running, coming all the way from second to score. For most of the game, that was the only way the Braves could score, as Ishii kept pitching out of trouble. The Braves had thirteen combined baserunners (H+BB) to the Dodgers’ seven, but couldn’t get anyone home, even runners from third with less than two out.
Ortiz had probably his most effective start as a Brave, going eight innings and allowing only four hits, two walks, and one run. And he had his best ball/strike ratio of the year, 72 strikes in only 103 pitches. He’s still not striking anyone out, but he’s making progress. Smoltz of course got the save.
Another late late game tonight, Maddux versus Kevin Brown. Shame nobody will get to see the end before they fall asleep.