John Thomson gave the Braves seven innings of one-run baseball, which they pretty much needed because they were leaving baserunners all over the place; 10 for the game. The Braves got two runs in the first on singles by LaRoche and Estrada, but a chance to add two more fell by the wayside when Mondesi’s long fly ball was tracked down by Cliff Floyd. (Mondesi then went back to striking out.) After that, it was one baserunner after another left on base until Julio’s pinch-hit single in the bottom of the seventh. Marcus was back in the lineup and went 2-3 with a double, plus a HBP and two runs scored.
The Mets, meanwhile, were hitting into double plays (twice) and getting caught stealing (twice, including a strikeout/throwout I didn’t count as a DP above). They got one run on a solo homer by Piazza but didn’t get another extra-base hit or draw any walks. Colon pitched the eighth and allowed a bunch of hard-hit balls but only one hit. Kolb pitched a perfect ninth with — get this! — two strikeouts. Braves pitchers had eight strikeouts on the game.
Aaron Heilman against Horacio Ramirez tomorrow. The Nats lost and the Braves are alone in first, which Skip seemed unduly excited about seeing how it’s Friday of the first week of the season.