That was unusual. The Maddux/Glavine confrontation was won by the former, but he only went five innings before running out of gas. He pitched in what I thought was bad luck in the first, allowing five hits (one was only a sort-of hit, when leadoff man Roger Cedeno ran into a ball hit by second-place hitter Rey Sanchez. That’s scored as runner out, batter singles, but come on. By the way, even Bobby wouldn’t hit Sanchez second. Art Howe is a clown.) Maddux allowed two runs in the inning, but really could have gotten out of it unscathed with better defense. He allowed only two hits after that but was working really hard to get outs — that the home-plate umpire would not call a third strike didn’t help — and left after five with 83 pitches thrown. Holmes and King threw perfect innings, and then Boom-Boom Hernandez tried to make it interesting, but Bobby got Smoltz in there before Hernandez could allow any runs, and Smoltz struck out the only four batters he faced for his twentieth save.
Meanwhile, Glavine was giving up solo homers — one each to Sheffield, Julio Franco, DeRosa, and Chipper. Giles pinch-hit a sac fly to score the last run, and hopefully — despite DeRosa’s homers the last two games — he’ll be back in the lineup tomorrow. Every Brave hitter had at least one hit except Furcal, which broke a streak of reaching base something like 36 games in a row, I don’t remember the exact number. Chipper and Julio had three hits each, and Andruw Jones had one — his 1000th career hit.
Day game on Fox tomorrow, night game on ESPN Sunday… The Phillies and Expos are playing three, and Philadelphia looks like the winner of the first game. That would drop the Expos to 4 1/2 out and keep the Phillies at 8 back.
By the way, if ever you were going to sit the Personal Catcher with Maddux going, wouldn’t it be the night the Braves are facing Glavine? Javy homered against him last time and he’s caught him hundreds of times. If anyone knows Tom’s pitching, it’s Javy.
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