Mike Hampton’s return didn’t go so well. He gave up a run in the first, was beaten about the head and neck for four in the second, and left the game after the inning for Roman Colon. In those two innings, he allowed seven hits, including two doubles and a two-run homer. Colon wound up pitching three, allowing one run on three hits, walking three, striking out three. He really fills up those stat lines. If Hampton gets put back on the DL, Colon would presumably take his spot, because Kyle Davies was sent down.
The Braves didn’t get a run until the eighth inning, which was way too late. They were held to six hits, two by Andruw, who also had their only extra-base hit, a double. They weren’t even able to make Pedro work; he left after six innings having thrown 61 pitches. Betemit drove in Estrada for their only run.
Jay Powell made his Braves debut, walking one in an inning of work. Gryboski gave up two runs on three hits in the seventh. Boyer pitched a perfect eighth, getting a strikeout. Yet, Gryboski is safe, while Boyer or Colon is going down tomorrow to make room for Chipper, unless they decide Hampton is still hurt.
The Braves now travel across the country to play the Giants for three. I’m telling you right now that I can’t stay up past midnight, so recaps are going to be next morning for the first two games. Sosa will start against Kevin Correia in the opener… The Natspos are down 5-1 in the middle innings in