Maddux allowed two runs in six innings and Lockhart delivered a
three-run homer to cap a five-run sixth as the Atlanta Braves
posted a 10-2 rout of the San Francisco Giants and took a two
games to one edge in their National League Division Series.
Maddux was pushed back two days after developing a blister on
his right index finger. But the four-time Cy Young Award winner
showed few lingering effects, allowing five hits and walk. He
surrendered a solo homer to Barry Bonds in the sixth but little
else in improving to 5-2 in Division Series play.
"It felt fine," Maddux said of the blister. "It came up a
little bit in the inning I came out, but overall I felt good.
It felt fine, like it did before my last start."
Maddux (1-0) and San Francisco starter Jason Schmidt were locked
in a pitchers' duel for five innings, but the Braves broke open
a 1-1 game in the sixth. Atlanta took advantage when Schmidt
lost the plate, then cashed in against Manny Aybar.
Aybar's first pitch was ripped to left for a two-run single by
Vinny Castilla and his next offering was lofted just over the
right field wall by Lockhart for a three-run homer. It was
Lockhart's first home run in 79 career postseason at-bats.
"He's a sinker-slider pitcher," Lockhart said. "I was expecting
sinkers, so my main game plan was just to try something up the
middle. ... When I first hit it, really I kind of just stood
there. I thought I hit it better than that and I looked at the
flags and they were blowing out, and then he started running
towards the wall and as soon as I heard it hit the tin, I was
"Jason had lost control of the strike zone and walked three guys
in a row," Baker said. "Manny is probably my best guy down in
the bullpen and also has the ability to throw the sinker and
slider to try to get a double play. So that's what led to the
The 37-year-old Lockhart, who splits time at second base with
Mark DeRosa, had just five homers in 296 at-bats during the
"Everything happens for a reason," Lockhart said. "The way
things have played out this year, coming to spring training as a
minor league free agent and making the club and just mainly
pinch-hitting ... I've always felt pretty comfortable in
postseason when I had a chance to play. I feel like I'm in the
"He's a good player," Maddux said. "He plays good defense. You
can take stats like the average and all that (garbage) and
throw it out the window. He comes through for us when it
matters, and he does it all the time."
Aybar, who pitched well down the stretch for the Giants, tossed
two scoreless innings in Game Two. He refused to talk to
reporters following this game.
"I talked to Manny and I tried to keep it positive with him,"
San Francisco catcher Benito Santiago said. "He's young and you
want to make sure he doesn't take it personally."
"I didn't hear anyone say anything," Giants first baseman J.T.
Snow said of the Aybar situation. "I stay out of the decisions
here. I'm not a second-guesser and I'm not going to start."
Schmidt (0-1) allowed just three hits but walked four and was
charged with four runs. He struck out five in his first career
"I tried to be too careful with the batters," Schmidt said. "I
thought when they took me out they wanted Manny to get a double
play ball. I just threw too many pitches. I felt too strong
out there, I never found my groove. I was a little too
aggressive with some batters when I should have thought about
them a bit."