Originally created 10/10/01

Braves notebook



HOUSTON - Tom Glavine hasn't lost to the Astros in Houston since June 25, 1991, but that's a meaningless stat because all of his starts, except this year's, were played in the pitcher-friendly Astrodome, rather than the bandbox that is Enron Field.

"I don't think you can go out there and pitch and let a ballpark or a lineup dictate what I want to try and do," said Glavine, who will make this afternoon's Game 2 start. "I know there are certain things that I have to do to be successful. Those things are all going to be incorporated in my game plan when I go out there.

"I try not to get overanalytical this time of year. I think sometimes people do that. You get inundated with scouting reports and get away from what inevitably has to happen, and that is to go out and make good pitches."

Since his last loss, Glavine is 9-0 with a 1.97 ERA in 12 starts in Houston.

READY TO PLAY: John Smoltz was called into Tuesday's game in the eighth inning with the Braves ahead 7-3. He came out pumped up, his fastball in the 98-99 range, and worked two innings for the second postseason save of his career.

"The eighth inning was probably as hard as I've thrown all year," said Smoltz, who threw 19 pitches, 15 for strikes. "The eighth was the save. The ninth became, OK, don't screw up."

Smoltz gave up home run to Vinny Castilla to open the ninth, then set down the next three batters.

: While Chipper Jones won Tuesday's game with a three-run home run in the eighth, pinch hitter Keith Lockhart delivered the biggest hit of the inning. He led off with a double against reliever Mike Jackson, slicing a 1 and 2 slider into the left field corner.

"I was trying to blow it away from (left fielder Lance Berkman)," Lockhart joked. "I hit it pretty good and it kept running away from him."

Lockhart led the team with 15 pinch hits this season, ranking second among NL pinch hitters. He left the dugout in the third inning Tuesday to swing a bat in the indoor cage, then returned two innings later with hitting coach Merv Rettenmund to hit some soft toss.

"That's the job of a bench player," Lockhart said. "You never know going in what role you're going to be in or how big it will be. You're just trying to get on base for the guys behind you."

FAMILY JEALOUSY: All-Star outfielder Brian Giles, older brother of Braves second baseman Marcus Giles, was seated at his brother's locker following Tuesday's game wishing his Pirates were in the playoffs.

"I'm a little jealous," said Brian, who is seven years older than Marcus. "Marcus is the veteran now. I'm pretty proud of him."

Marcus triggered a pair of rallies, singling and scoring in the first inning, then contributing to the four-run eighth with an RBI base hit.

STAR STRUCK: Former president George Bush and wife Barbara were front row fans behind home plate Tuesday. If Greg Maddux wasn't pitching, he might have asked for an autograph.

"That's awesome," Maddux said. "Come on, you get to pitch in front of an ex-president. That's pretty cool."