Honestly, anybody who will miss Veterans Stadium has something wrong with them. It’s a terrible place most noted for destroying football players’ knees.
The Braves clinched home field through the NL playoffs with the win, as the Giants decided to not contest the game Monday and MLB decided to not force it. The Phillies took early leads of 1-0 and 2-1, but the Braves broke on top with three in the fourth and added a run in the fifth. Maddux went five, allowed the two runs on four hits, and got the win. Cunnane, Wright, and Hernandez pitched an inning apiece, then Jason Marquis pitched the ninth for a save.
The Braves got 11 hits and all five runs off of Kevin Millwood, who was lucky to not give up more runs. The three starting outfielders had two hits apiece, then gave way to the Langerhans-Bragg-Hessman axis. Fick also had two hits and two RBI.
Mark DeRosa was injured when hit on the hand with what was called a foul ball off his bat in the fourth and replaced by Jesse Garcia. Garcia singled home a run and played some nice defense, but with Vinny still a little questionable the Braves can’t lose DeRosa.
The Division Series against the Cubs will be in prime time starting Tuesday. The first game with be on Fox, the next two on ESPN.