Mike Hampton wasn’t nearly as sharp as he’s been, but it didn’t matter much as the Braves pummelled Tom Glavine for 12 hits, three walks, and seven runs, chasing him in the fifth when Eddie Perez and Wilson Betemit homered back-to-back to break open the game at 7-3. It was Perez’s first homer of the season, but Betemit’s first of his career. Betemit’s first extra-base hit came earlier in the game, with a fourth-inning double; he later scored on Furcal’s single.
Andruw seemingly broke out of his slump with a 3-5 day, missing the cycle by the triple. He hit a solo homer in the seventh to end the Braves’ scoring and scored three runs. Giles also had a couple of hits; the only Braves starter not to get a hit was Franco, who went 0-5. All this without Chipper.
Hampton can’t allow homers any more than Ramirez; like Horacio, he gives up too many baserunners to get away with it. But the Mets’ only runs off of him came via the longball; one in the second and a two-run homer in the fourth. Both were by lefties (Doug M. and Cliff Floyd) and Hampton really can’t be letting lefties hit him like that. Other than that, he was pretty successful, getting five strikeouts and walking only two.
Jorge Sosa certainly quieted the closer talk with a Kolblike performance, walking two then loading the bases with a single while not recording an out; Reitsma came in and put out the fire with only one runner scoring. Bernero gave up a hit in the ninth but nothing else.
The Braves’ reward is a day off!
Unfortunately, that’s followed by three in St. Louis, which is usually a pretty tough trip. As LatNam points out, the games are in Atlanta. Three at home, three on the road, then back home. Stupid scheduler. All games on TBS, led off with the Oakland Reunion Game Friday between Hudson and Mulder… The Braves are percentage points back of the Marlins for first.