Originally created 08/11/01

Braves notebook



ATLANTA -- The Braves kept quiet the fact that reliever MikeRemlinger felt "a little sore and sick" Thursday and was unavailableto pitch.

So, without his primary setup man, manager Bobby Cox turned toKerry Ligtenberg, a decision that backfired when the Astros tied thegame in the eighth, then took advantage of third baseman Chipper Jones'throwing error to score the winning run in the ninth.

Cox wasn't specific when asked about Remlinger's malady, andRemlinger refused to detail his ailment. It's safe to assume thereliever, who last worked Sunday and has appeared in a staff-leading56 games, was feeling fatigued and needed a break.

Meanwhile, Ligtenberg didn't exactly endear himself to Cox byallowing Brad Ausmus' third straight double, then a game-tying singleto pinch hitter Daryle Ward.

"It's a little disappointing that it's the first close game I'vebeen in in a while and I screwed it up," Ligtenberg said. "I need totake advantage of picking up the slack when Mike and (John) Smoltz area little tender."

The most frustrating part of Ligtenberg's outing was feeling hepitched well, yet he came away with disastrous results. He showed off alive fastball and a good splitter, but the pitch to Ausmus was hisundoing.

"If I could have one pitch back, it would be that one," he said."I made one really bad pitch and then didn't make an awesome pitch toget out of it." ...

Shortstop Rey Sanchez and left fielder B.J. Surhoff were not inFriday's lineup after leaving Thursday's game with injuries. Sanchez,who has a sore left hamstring, could have played Friday in anemergency, but Cox gave Mark DeRosa the start.

Surhoff tweaked his left quadriceps Thursday and was available forpinch hitting duty Friday. Dave Martinez replaced him in left field. Cox said he doesn't expect either player to be placed on thedisabled list. ...

It's not as impressive as 300 wins, but Greg Maddux's 200th hitwill place him in some select company. He's tied for 62nd place on thepitcher's all-time hit list with 199, and could move as high as 32ndplace (Dutch Ruether, 250 hits) before he's through in five or sixyears.

The all-time leader? Hall of Famer Walter Johnson, with 547 hits.The last pitcher to reach 200 hits was another Hall of Famer, TomSeaver in 1983.

"One hundred and ninety-nine hits says I've been around foreverand I never had to play in the American League," Maddux said. "Butthey're still walking the No. 8 hitter to get to me."

Maddux, who has a staff-leading eight hits this season, is a career.178 hitter. That's not an eye-opening average, but then he's not paidto hit.

"It's still nice to tell the rookie hotshots that I have more hitsthan they do," Maddux said.