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Hits and Misses (July 28)

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Braves 1 Pirates 0 (54-46, 1st Place, 2.5 games ahead of the Phillies) Hits: The Braves only had five hits, so this will be brief. Chipper Jones' solo home run in the fourth was all the Braves needed thanks to Russ Ortiz's brilliant pitching performance. Chipper was 2-for-2 with 2 walks for a perfect night at the plate. Eli Marrero hit a hit a triple that didn't lead to anything, and Mark Derosa and Charles Thomas each had hits. But Russ Ortiz pitched seven innings and, despie allowing 9 hits, didn't walk anyone and didn't allow any runs to score! His earned his 12th win of the year and lowered his ERA to 3.19. John Smoltz earned his 22nd save in a perfect inning-and-a-third of work. Misses: There was a lot of missing last night. Marcus Giles, Julio Franco, and Andruw Jones were each 0-for-3 with at least one strikeout (Marcus had two), and Andruw's 10-game hitting streak was snapped (though he still reached base on a walk). Eddie Perez did what he does best: he was 0-for-4 with a strike out and 5 left-on-base to lower his average to .179. The young, lefty fireballer for the Pirates, Oliver Perez, also pitched a brilliant game, but he took a tough loss in a 1-0 game while lowering his ERA to 3.03. Chipper Jones made only his third error of the year since moving back to third base on an easy grounder in the fourth that should have been a double play and instead loaded the bases for the Pirates with one out. A foul out and a ground out ended the Pirates only threat to score. Line of the Day: Russ Ortiz: 7 IP, 9 H, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 R -- Oliver Perez: 8.3 IP, 5 H, 5 BB, 10 K, 1 R. Chris Reitsma allowed two more hits in the eighth, but John Smoltz came in and shut the Pirates offense down. Oliver Perez took a very tough loss.

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