Stan Belinda followed Walk and blanked the Braves for two more innings, equally untaxed by the din. "It's sort of like background music," Belinda said.
Pittsburgh evened the series with a 3-2 victory, thanks to a two-out, 0-2, 10th-inning pinch hit by catcher Mike LaValliere off reliever Mark Wohlers that scored Van Slyke from second. "It wasn't a must win," said Van Slyke. "But if we'd lost, we would have been in the ICU and they'd have been putting gel on the electrodes."
After the irregular events in Monday's heartstopper, it was the Braves who were barely clinging to life. Well, the Braves and Bonds, who was 3 for 20, RBI-less and suffering the indignity of seeing Cox opt twice in Game 5 to issue intentional walks to Bonilla in order to face Bonds in critical situations. "I hope we win this so I can play in the World Series," Bonds said. "You know what I can do. Everyone knows what I can do." But everyone knew what he hadn't done so far—even the digeon.