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NLDS Game 1: Astros 10, Braves 5

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Braves pitching was bad. That about sums it up. Tim Hudson was awful for the first 4 innings. He finally pitched well for a couple of innings, but his location was just bad. He gave up 5 runs on 7 hits, 5 walks, and 3 strikeouts in 6.2 innings. Joey Devine got out of a 7th inning jam with no more damage, although he just missed giving up another grand slam. Chris Reitsma started the 8th in a 5-3 Astros game, and got into a jam. He loaded the bases with one out before leaving. Foster struck out the next batter, then gave up a pinch-hit single. The wheels fell off and it was 10-3 before the inning was over. The Braves offense was a solo homer by Chipper in the 1st and a 2 run homer by Andruw in the 4th. Other than 2 late runs after the game was decided, that was it. Offensive contributors: Chipper Jones was 2-4 with a homer, a double, and 2 RBIs. Andruw Jones was 1-3 with a homer, a walk, and had 2 RBIs. Jeff Francoeur was 2-4 and scored. The 2 questionable starters, Brian Jordan and Johnny Estrada, were a combined 1-7. But you can't blame the offense that scored 5 runs. It was all on the pitching today. John Smoltz will go against Roger Clemens in what looks like a classic confrontation tomorrow in Game 2. If the Braves don't win, they'll be down 0-2 and going on the road to Houston. Today demonstrated why Smoltz had to pitch 230 innings this year. Hopefully he can shake off the fatigue tomorrow and outpitch Clemens. Luckily, Smoltz is the best postseason pitcher of all-time.
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