After seeing both Georgia and Georgia Tech faceplant Saturday, and then watching the Falcons lose to third-string quarterback Dennis Dixon and the Pittsburgh Steelers today, I figured I should head out to Turner Field for the final opportunity to see a local team actually win a game.
So it’s Braves-Cardinals tonight, as everybody from Atlanta to Athens tries to save face.
Hey look at it this way: Win or lose, the Braves are guaranteed to score no fewer touchdowns than the Falcons or Bulldogs did.
“We’ll see what we can do,” Braves manager Bobby Cox said. “We’ll score.”
The Braves are coming off a win. That’s a start.
Their 12-inning, 6-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday night lifted them back into a first-place tie with Philadelphia in the National League East. The Phillies already have won today, blanking the New York Mets, 3-0, so the Braves need to win to keep a share of first place. As the Braves go into the game, they’re also two games ahead of San Francisco and three up on Colorado in the N.L. wild card race. The Cardinals, at 7 1/2 back, are pretty much dead men walking.
When asked if he liked already knowing what the Phillies have done before the Braves play, Cox said: “It doesn’t really matter. I mean, you watch the games, sure. But you still have to go out there and take care of business. It doesn’t matter what the other team does.”
Pitcher Tim Hudson (15-7, 2.41) will be trying to end a rare slump. He has lost his last two decisions and actually has only one win in his last five start (1-2 with two no-decisions) after winning five straight. In his career against the Cardinals, Hudson is 3-2 with a 4.96 ERA in eight starts.
That’s it for now. Let’s see if the Braves can end this lost weekend.
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