Smoked Sammons: Atlanta Braves Avoid Sweep Against St. Louis Cardinals

James HulkaAnalyst IJuly 31, 2008

Hopefully, Bobby Cox will realize tonight why Corky Miller is not the option as the No. 2 catcher. Clint Sammons went 3-4 with his first Major League home run and three RBIs, to help the Braves salvage the final game of the series with the Cardinals, 9-4.

Case in point. This season Corky Miller is 5-for-54, with one HR and three RBI. Sammons almost matched those numbers tonight, and has six hits in his first 11 Major League at-bats. Brian McCann he is not, but looking towards the future, he's the best chance to give McCann a break behind the plate and still produce with the bat and the glove.

New first baseman Casey Kotchman was the only Brave starter without a hit, as five players had multi-hit games, led by Sammons and third baseman Omar Infante. The catcher and third basemen had offensive lines that were markedly similar. Both went 3-4 with a HR, scored twice, and drove in at least two runs. Mark Kotsay, Yunel Escobar and Kelly Johnson each had two hits and scored at least once.

Like the offense, the Braves bullpen finally got the job done against the Cardinals, only allowing two baserunners over four innings of scoreless relief. Mike Hampton didn't get the win, but his outing was better than his first start this past weekend.

He wasn't sharp, but got a couple of important double plays from Jason LaRue and Albert Pujols, and helped himself with an RBI double in the second before he exited the game after five innings.

Wins haven't come easily for the Braves lately. For tonight at least, the Braves and their fans had quite a bit to cheer about.