Smoltz and Glavine battled to a draw, but Boom-Boom Bobby Hernandez allowed a two-out run-scoring single in the eighth, and the Braves won on the night John got his 2500th strikeout.
Smoltz was obviously not 100 percent, his hamstring apparently bothering him again, but he pitched effectively other than a second-inning homer to David Wright. (When are we going to deck that kid?) He allowed but four other hits in seven innings, walked one, and struck out five, putting him at 2,501.
Tommy was almost as impressive, his second good start against the Braves ever, I think. He walked four (two intentional) in seven, allowing six hits, and striking out but two. But in prime Glavine style he pitched around a ton of baserunners. (He doesn’t believe in the DIPS Gods.)
Furcal tripled in McCann in the third to tie the game. But after that it was baserunner after baserunner left on. In the eighth, Marcus and Andruw got on with nobody out, but Julio grounded into a double play. (He was hitless, and the Juliometer stays fixed.) But Betemit came through with a bad-hop single for the eventual winning run. (It was vindication after he’d been robbed of a hit by Reyes with two out and the bases loaded his last AB.)
Andruw was 1-2 with two walks; the one time he made an out he just missed a homer. Furcal, Francoeur, and McCann all had two hits.
Kolb let the leadoff man on in the eighth but got a double play. The same thing happened to Reitsma, who then let a ball go to the warning track off the bat of — sigh — Wright — but the park just held it.
The Natspos are, naturally, winning by one run in the seventh. The Marlins and Phillies are still playing in a slugfest… Turner South tomorrow night, Hudson versus Zambrano.