Look alive, people! The Braves once again allowed Al Leiter to dominate them in a carbon copy of last week’s meeting. Once again, Mike Hampton pitched well enough to win but was let down by his offense and defense and got an undeserved loss. He’s pitched better in his last two starts than in many of his wins.
The Braves got their only run in the first inning on a walk, a blown fielder’s choice, and Chipper’s double to bring home Giles. Then Andruw popped up and Javy did the same, and the Mets had escaped. Vinny doubled and Mike Hessman walked to start the second, but they were stranded — in fact, never got any further. The Braves essentially never threatened again. Hessman doubled with two out in the fourth (he also singled — his first non-extra base hit, I believe) and was the only other Brave to see second base.
And the defense… The Mets somehow scored from second on an infield single in the third. And the insurance run in the seventh came home after two errors, one by Furcal and one by Lopez. Just awful.
Day game tomorrow to finish this awful series. The Marlins lost (and the Phillies won) so the magic number is 12.