Braves Take Game One From Pads
Update: Saltalamacchia expects to start at first tonight after getting hit on the side of the face last night. He left the game last night because he was woozy and said he was still light-headed after the game but it was not a concussion.
Bobby Cox has had to turn to the bullpen over 25 times in the past couple series'. The only thing they needed a win more than was a deep start by Buddy Carlyle. Carlyle did just that going eight innings of two-run ball to pick up the game one win for the Braves and pull them within two of the New York Mets. Carlyle looked tonight like Jorge Sosa of two years ago. He got himself into quite a bit of trouble but somehow he seemed to get out of jams. Whether it be by a strikeout or double play he just didn't let up after a tough start to the game. One thing that has me a little more confident about Carlyle is that it looked like he has added a fourth pitch. So far we had seen a fastball, curve, and change, but tonight I saw a cutter that was coming in at around 87-88 mph. Tyler Yates came in to finish it off and was a little shaky-no doubt because of overuse-but still got the job done.
The offense really clicked against one of the better starters this year for the Padres in Justin Germano. Andruw Jones led the offensive surge with one of his best games in quite a while. Jones collected two hits in five trips to the plate with a homerun and three RBI's. Every Atlanta starter†got a hit†with the exception of Scott Thorman, who had a sacrifice fly and Willie Harris, who had a rare bad day going 0/5. Kelly Johnson kept up his torrid streak with three more hits to bring his season average back up to .288. The bad news about today was what happened to Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Saltalamacchia had a ball fouled off and it hit behind his mask it looked like. He had to leave the game in obvious pain as he was cringing on his hands and knees. Brian McCann finished the game behind the plate and it didn't look like it was anything too serious, just a lot of pain and shock. We'll update his status as soon as we find out.
Jo-Jo Reyes makes his long-anticipated MLB debut tomorrow against David Wells in game two. Theoretically the Braves could go into the All-Star break tied with the Mets for the division lead so the team needs to keep this up.