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Braves 5, Yankees 2

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Horacio Ramirez shut down the Yankees and the Braves picked up a win. Ramirez (3-2, 3.70) went 8 innings and gave up 1 run on 8 hits, a walk, and struck out 3. Right now, he's our best pitcher. Sosa pitched the 9th and was fine other than giving up a solo homer with 2 outs with a 4 run lead. The Braves scored first in the 2nd when Andruw doubled and Francoeur knocked him in. They made it 2-0 in the 7th on a LaRoche homer. After the Yankees cut it to 2-1 in the bottom of the 7th, the Braves got an insurance run in the 8th, and 2 insurance runs in the 9th off of Kyle Farnsworth. Francoeur was 2-5 but continues to display the baseball IQ of a hamster. His last 2 ABs, both with men on base, he swung at everything between the dugouts. The Yankees wouldn't throw him a strike, and I literally said to the TV several times "Swing and a miss" before the pitch as I knew he'd swing at something ridiculous. (To be fair, he did hit a pitch out of the dirt for a bloop RBI single, but this has been a rare exception to the norm.) Francoeur is not stupid, and if he wants to have a notable career he has to fix this. He should impose rules on himself, like "I will take at least 2 pitches in this at-bat." It makes it too easy for the pitcher, come on, make him work for it. Personally, I think would have better at-bats than Francoeur a lot of the time and I don't play baseball (regrettably). Hey, I have opposite field power. :) Offensive contributors: Jeff Francoeur was 2-5 with 2 RBIs. Chipper Jones was 1-4 with a double, walked, and had an RBI. Andruw Jones was 1-4, doubled, walked, and scored. Brian McCann was 1-3 and walked twice. Adam LaRoche was 1-4 with his 12th homer. Smoltz will make the start tomorrow as the Braves go for a 2nd consecutive series win.

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