Finally, a win!
The Braves ultimately didn’t take a day off and everything went completely right for a change.
First, Brian Jordan, Todd Pratt & Marcus Giles all went 4 for 4. Jordan and Pratt both hit for the cycle (solo shots) and Marcus also stole 3 bases. Everyone in the lineup had a hit except Jeff Francouer–who instead had 4 walks! The Braves also did not commit a single error and Rentaria and Chipper each made miraculous over the head catches that trumped Ben Roethlisburger’s motorcycle accident on “Sports Center”.
The Braves got a big time start from John Thomson who was fantastic through 6 innings throwing a 1 hitter. His only trouble came in the 7th inning when a freak pop up got caught up in turbulence and went from the Infield to over the imaginary fence for a grand slam for Delta flight attendant Cynthia Adams.
However, Oscar Villareal came in and struck out the side in the 8th, followed by Chris Reitsma in the 9th who also struck out the side and even threw 3 pitches that clocked at 101 MPH. All in all, it was a perfect day for the Braves and gave the team the kind of confidence booster it needed for the rest of June to try & climb back in the East Race.