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Game balls: Rating Game 210/07/2004 8:00 PM ET
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
MLB.com is awarding "game balls" -- or, in this case, cowboy boots -- as the boys from Houston so often wear -- and peaches -- in honor of Georgia's favorite fruit -- for performances in this year's National League Division Series. Here's a look at the Braves' 4-2 win in Game 2. Five peaches: Warm slice of delicious pie, a la mode
Four peaches: A tasty cobbler
Three peaches: Juicy and refreshing
Two peaches: Mom packed this instead of a candy bar?
One peach: The last piece of fruit from the bottom of the bin
Mike Hampton: Despite a bad knee, Hampton kept the Braves in the game for 6 1/3 innings before forearm tightness forced him to leave. Other than two solo homers, Hampton kept his former team largely off balance.
John Smoltz: In addition to tossing three hitless innings, Smoltz led off the bottom of the ninth with a single off Houston closer Brad Lidge. Left stranded, Smoltz's effort won't be easily forgotten.
Adam LaRoche: The rookie came up with a one-out double and could have given the Braves the lead had J.D. Drew not been caught stealing earlier in the inning.
Dewayne Wise: Wise sparked the Braves with a pinch-double in the seventh, the team's first extra-base hit of the game. Despite falling between first and second, Wise reached second and later scored Atlanta's first run.
Chipper Jones: The Braves veteran continued to struggle with another 0-for-4 day. He's 0-for-8 in the series.
Five cowboy boots: Freshly shined and a perfect fit, ready for some serious two-stepping
Raul Chavez: Disregard the fact that Chavez hit .210 with no homers during the regular season, the catcher clubbed the sixth homer of the series -- by six different players -- for Houston. Oswalt's personal catcher Chavez homered for the first time since April 15, 2003, and became the 10th player to hit a homer in his first postseason at-bat. The catcher also made a brilliant recovery on a wild pitch, then cut down Furcal.
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