Everyone a hero, except for Jorge Sosa, who allowed only six hits but five for extra bases, including three homers to the newly terrifying outfield duo of Matt Holliday and Brad Hawpe. Sosa was able to get through the first five innings with only two solo homers, but got in major trouble in the sixth, allowing a triple, sac fly, homer, and double in order before mystifyingly being left in — and getting out of it. Go figure.
The whole regular lineup were heroes, though, led by Marcus, who went 4-5 with a run scored and doubled home Betemit with the game winner with two out in the eighth. Renteria had two hits to continue his streak. Andruw drove home two, singling in the Braves’ first run to tie the game in the third and doubling in the fourth run to tie it again in the seventh.
LaRoche doubled in Andruw in the third, followed by Francoeur singling him home. Everyone had a hit but Langerhans, and he had a diving catch to save a double. Bobby pinch-hit for him in the eighth with Diaz against Ray King, which made no sense because (a) it was a tie game, (b) it was nobody on with one out, and (c) Diaz hasn’t been able to hit all season and was at the Mendoza Line (now below it) while Langerhans is hitting .289. Predictably Diaz hit a soft liner to the pitcher. But Betemit (pinch-hit single) and Giles picked him up anyway.
Cormier bailed out Remlinger in the eighth when the latter couldn’t finish off the hitters with his usual panoply of junk (16 pitches, 14 strikes — but two singles and only one out). Cormier picked up the win for his troubles. Reitsma, despite again falling behind everyone, pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the save, which simply isn’t going to keep happening between his control problems and missing fastball.
Another two-game mini-series awaits, this time at Philadelphia. Smoltz faces Myers in the opener.