Cincinnati Reds vs Atlanta Braves
August 23, 1997 Box Score

The box score below is an accurate record of events for the baseball contest played on August 23, 1997 at Turner Field. The Atlanta Braves defeated the Cincinnati Reds and the box score is "ready to surrender its truth to the knowing eye."

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Cincinnati Reds 3, Atlanta Braves 10

Cincinnati Reds ab r h rbi
Reese ss 3 0 1 0
Stynes lf 4 0 0 0
Sanders rf 4 1 1 0
Perez 1b 4 0 1 1
Oliver c 4 1 2 1
Kelly cf 3 1 2 1
Greene 3b 4 0 0 0
Boone 2b 4 0 1 0
Tomko p 2 0 0 0
Larkin ph 1 0 0 0
Belinda p 0 0 0 0
Martinez p 0 0 0 0
Tabaka p 0 0 0 0
Taubensee ph 1 0 0 0
Totals 34 3 8 3
Atlanta Braves ab r h rbi
Lofton cf 5 2 2 3
Tucker rf 3 0 1 0
Jones A. ph,rf 1 2 1 2
Jones C. 3b 5 0 1 2
McGriff 1b 4 0 0 0
Fox p 0 0 0 0
Ligtenberg p 0 0 0 0
Klesko lf 2 1 0 0
Bautista ph,lf 1 0 0 0
Lopez c 4 1 2 1
Blauser ss 3 2 3 0
Graffanino 2b 2 1 0 1
Neagle p 1 0 0 0
Lockhart ph 0 1 0 1
Colbrunn 1b 1 0 0 0
Totals 32 10 10 10
Cincinnati 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 8 1
Atlanta 1 1 0 0 1 0 6 1 x 10 10 0
Cincinnati Reds IP H R ER BB SO
Tomko L (8-5) 6.0 5 3 3 1 5
Belinda 0.0 2 4 4 1 0
Martinez 1.0 2 2 0 2 1
Tabaka 1.0 1 1 1 0 1
Totals 8.0 10 10 8 4 7
Atlanta Braves IP H R ER BB SO
Neagle W (17-3) 7.0 6 2 2 2 5
Fox 1.0 0 0 0 0 0
Ligtenberg 1.0 2 1 1 0 1
Totals 9.0 8 3 3 2 6

E –Reese (11). DP –Cincinnati 1. 2B –Cincinnati R Sanders (12,off Neagle); Reese (8,off Neagle). HR –Cincinnati Oliver (13,6th inning off Neagle 0 on, 2 out); Kelly (6,9th inning off Ligtenberg 0 on, 1 out), Atlanta Lofton (4,1st inning off Tomko 0 on, 0 out); A Jones (14,8th inning off Tabaka 0 on, 2 out). Team LOB –6. SH –Neagle (8,off Tomko); Graffanino (3,off Belinda). SF –Graffanino (4,off Tomko). Team –5. CS –Reese (4,3rd base by Neagle/Lopez); Tucker (6,2nd base by Tomko/Oliver). U-HP –C.B. Bucknor, 1B –Wally Bell, 2B –Tom Hallion, 3B –Jerry Crawford. T –2:54. A –48,499.

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