What Horacio Ramirez can’t do is give up home runs. He allowed a pair of two-run shots in the sixth tonight, and that’s what beat him. He actually had two out in the inning when he allowed a ground rule double (scoring a game-tying run), then the first homer, then a single, then the next homer, and finally Gryboski came in to get the last out. Just a sudden collapse, which has been a problem for him in the past. Bernero and Colon each threw a perfect inning, Bernero with two strikeouts.
The Braves other than Furcal were completely stymied by Aaron Heilman. Furcal had the only two hits and scored the Braves’ lone run against the Mets’ starter. Then Willie Randolph foolishly put in Boom-Boom Bobby Hernandez (another good nickname for him would be El Puque) even though Heilman had thrown only 96 pitches and was cruising. Hernandez gave up a two-run homer to Pete Orr — Orr’s first career homer — to make it interesting but also struck out the side. Braden Looper allowed a run in the ninth but pitched around a David Wright error to get the save.
Chipper did not play; he’s still listed as day-to-day. I guess he couldn’t even pinch-hit, as Julio Franco was given that job with two out and two on in the ninth. Furcal wound up 3-4 but the rest of the Braves were limited to three hits; singles by Andruw and Estrada and Orr’s homer.
Smoltz-Pedro II tomorrow on Turner South, because God Forbid people should be able to watch it.