There’s the Mike Hampton we expected. He didn’t actually pitch too well (but better than he had), but he did hit a home run and score twice. As a pitcher, he showed better control with one walk, and struck out eight in seven innings. But he also allowed nine hits and four runs. Still, a vast improvement over recent outings.
Chipper was the hitting star, with two homers and four RBI. Andruw was hitless, but walked three times, and the Braves had seven walks in all. Every Braves starter reached base.
The Expos fell to nine games back with the loss. The Phillies lost to the Marlins again and now are 7 1/2 out, Florida remaining 10 1/2 out. The Phillies are the wildcard leaders, so the Expos are still close in that, but if they fall behind Florida I wonder if they’ll start moving players.
Seven Braves made the All-Star team. Javy, Giles, and Sheffield hung on for starters, but Furcal lost the lead at shortstop to Renteria. He’ll make the team anyway as a reserve, as will Andruw. Smoltz and Ortiz are among the pitchers.