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Hits and Misses (July 26)

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Braves 4 Pirates 2 (53-45, 1st place, 1.5 games ahead of the Phillies) Hits: JD Drew extended his hitting streak to 22 games with a single in the fifth, contributing to a rally that would score two runs. Andruw Jones had already extended his hitting streak to nine games with an RBI double in the second that scored Johnny Estrada, who had gotten on base with a bases-empty single. Andruw is 12-for-32 (.375) and Drew is 33-for-86 (.384) during their respective streaks. John Smoltz picked up his 21st save and lowered his ERA to 1.99 as the Braves attained their largest lead in the NL East of 2004, 1.5 games ahead of the Phillies! The team also matched its season-high by winning its fourth straight game. Give credit to Jaret Wright for lasting five innings to earn his eighth win despite a one-hour rain delay in the first inning. Misses: Rafael Furcal went 0-for-5 to end his hitting streak at seven games; he was 11-for-27 (.407) during the streak. Let's also get onto Adam LaRoche for booting Rob Mackoviak's grounder in the third. Luckily, he goofed on the next play and was doubled up on a fly-ball out to left. Line of the Day: Braves bullpen: 4 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 0 R, 6 K. They're getting better and better! To be fair, two Pirates relievers pitched three innings and allowed only one hit while striking out three, so the bullpens combined for an impressive performance tonight. Maybe both teams were eager to get off the wet field. The hits keep outnumbering the misses. I like it! Keep it up, Braves!

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