Mike Hampton got a win, and Rafael Furcal is back in the lineup at shortstop. Of course, Hampton pitched the worst six shutout innings you’ll ever see, and Furcal was 0-5 and sloppy on the field, but both are nice to see.
Hampton’s line: six innings, nine hits, two walks, three strikeouts, 91 pitches, 62 strikes. He got a couple of double plays (actually, turning one himself on a line drive) and had Chipper, of all people, throw a runner out at the plate. There were runners all over the place. But he didn’t give up any runs. It doesn’t exactly fill me with confidence, but it’s a start. He also hit a solo homer in the fourth.
Gryboski gave up a run in the seventh on a freak ground ball that hit something on the infield dirt (E-groundskeeping); Reitsma had some trouble but got through the eighth, and Smoltz gave up a single in the ninth. The Dodgers had at least one baserunner in every inning.
With Furcal at shortstop, Nick Green could stay in the game at second. He responded with two hits, including a double, and two RBI. The Braves had ten hits on the day — three fewer than the Dodgers — and everyone reached base except Furcal. Chipper still looks pretty lost out there but got ahold of one pitch for a two-run homer that pretty much sealed the deal in the fifth.
Now to the Concrete Hole in Montreal for three. Just what the Braves needed, a series on the Turf of Doom.