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Smoltz 2, Brewers 1

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John Smoltz dominated the Brewers and the Braves got just enough offense to win as Jeff Francoeur hit a walk off double. Smoltz (10-5, 3.41) went all 9, allowing 1 run on 5 hits, 0 walks, and 8 strikeouts. He threw 99 pitches, and if the Braves hadn't scored in the 9th he might have gone back out for the 10th. At one point, he retired 18 consecutive hitters. I should also mention that he had one of the best at-bats in the game, drawing a 10 pitch walk with 2 outs in the 8th inning. The Braves took a 1-0 lead in the 2nd as Andruw hit a leadoff homer. That score stood the same until the 8th, as the Braves hitters made it easy on Capuano, frequently screwing themselves into the ground on the first pitch. Capuano only threw 68 pitches through 7 before being lifted for a pinch-hitter. But Smoltz allowed a leadoff double in the 8th (it looked like maybe Andruw should have caught it), and 2 batters later Geoff Jenkins, hitting for Capuano, hit a sac fly to tie it. Smoltz came back out for the 9th and breezed throwing only 5 pitches. In the 9th, Giles had a leadoff walk. Renteria, for some reason, was bunting even though Andruw would have been IBB behind him, but failed and eventually flew out. Andruw then unintentionally walked anyway on a 3-2 count. With 1 out, Francoeur then doubled to the wall and Giles waltzed to the plate. Offensive contributors: Jeff Francoeur was 2-4 with a double and an RBI. Andruw Jones was 1-3 with his 29th homer and walked. Willy Aybar left the game after the 5th inning for an undisclosed reason. Outside of Thorman and Langerhans, the bench tonight was pretty awful offensively. Pena's value is all defensive, Pratt's a Veteran, and Orr Runs. The Braves will call up Kevin Barry tomorrow to pitch. I guess they want Lerew to stay at AA because they don't feel like he's ready. Cormier is coming up later this week, and Davies should be ready to return soon. Barry will pitch against Ben Sheets.
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