Gosh, when we were thinking John Thomson might replace Greg Maddux, we didn’t think he’d be Maddux circa 1993. But there he was, going eight innings on 94 pitches, 65 strikes, allowing one run on seven hits, striking out seven and walking none. Where was this a week ago when the bullpen needed the rest? Chris Reitsma finished the game allowing one hit but no runs, and the Braves had probably their best-played game of the year.
Offensively, the cobbled-together lineup managed nine hits, seven of them singles, and four walks. But they bunched the damage into the third inning, getting five runs out of it and cruising from there. You aren’t normally going to get six runs that way, but I’ll take it. Wise had two hits and scored twice, Giles a hit and two walks, and even Jesse Garcia had two hits. The bench never came into play, which is good because it consisted of Eddie Perez and Julio Franco. Mike Hessman, as expected, was optioned to Richmond.
Ramirez and Leiter go tomorrow; winner escapes the series with second place and a better than .500 record, though right now the Marlins look like they’re never going to lose.