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in the Box
Jeff Pearlman
July 02, 2001
BRAVES 8, METS 4June 24
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July 02, 2001

In The Box

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June 24

For a 20-year-old Dominican, Rafael Furcal sets the table with the aplomb of a sixtysomething Brit named Jeeves. Atlanta trailed New York 4-3 when Furcal keyed a four-run seventh with a leadoff doubleā€”on a bunt. With Mets third baseman Robin Ventura charging within 60 feet of the plate, Furcal chipped the ball to Ventura's right, past the bag and into foul territory in short left. B.J. Surhoff's single scored Furcal to tie the game, and three batters later Brian Jordan's three-run homer off reliever Jerrod Riggan put the Braves ahead to stay.

Furcal already had led off the game with a single, stolen second and scored, and then repeated that sequence in the third inning, with the steal coming on a pitchout this time. Still, it was his two-bag bunt that had heads shaking. "I've never seen anything like that," said losing pitcher Steve Trachsel.