That’s more like it. The Pirates took an early lead, but the Braves scored seven in the third to take control. When the Pirates crawled back into the game late, the Braves, for once, put five more runs on the board in the ninth to make it comfortable.
Furcal and Giles energized the offense again. That hasn’t been the case much since the break, where both have been hitting at the same time. Furcal had a hit and a walk, scoring both times. Marcus had a solo homer in the fourth, two hits and a walk, three runs scored. And Gary Sheffield and Chipper Jones backed them up well — three hits, three RBI for the former, a hit, two walks, two runs for the latter. Every Brave hitter scored at least one run.
Down the lineup… Andruw didn’t do much until he capped the scoring with a two-run homer in the ninth. Javy had a two-run double that was one of the big blows in the third. DeRosa started for Vinny and had three hits. Mike Hessman hit a two-run homer in that third inning; he has three hits in his career now, two homers and a double.
Bobby tried to ride Horacio Ramirez hard, no surprise with the weakened bullpen, but Ramirez really wasn’t pitching well and allowed five runs on ten hits. He did have better control, not walking anyone. Always look on the bright side! Trey Hodges tried to let the Pirates back in the game with a run on two hits and a walk in the eighth, but Ray King bailed him out. And the Inexplicable
Jamey Jaret Wright allowed one hit but no runs in the ninth in picking up the dropped mantle of Albie Lopez and Roberto Hernandez.
The magic number is 14 over the Expos and Phillies… It would be nice to get some momentum, but unfortunately Shane Reynolds pitches tomorrow.