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Braves 8, Cubs 4

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The Braves scored in all but 2 innings and coasted. Tim Hudson (12-10, 4.85) went 6 innings, and allowed 4 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits, a homer, 2 walks, and 7 strikeouts. Other than a shaky 2nd inning, when he was hurt by his defense, he was fine. He threw 98 pitches, 63 of them strikes. He looks like a good middle of the staff pitcher these last couple of months. Right now, the rotation is looking fairly good for next year, or at least in much better shape than the Mets (although I bet they go on a shopping spree). Actually, I think next year may be the Marlins year. Smoltz, James, Hudson, and Hampton are virtually guaranteed spots in the rotation barring any offseason transactions, and if Hampton can keep his ERA at least around league average that shouldn't be bad at all. And of course there's also Ramirez, Davies, Villarreal, and Lerew to keep track of (though Ramirez is getting more expensive and may be gone). McBride, Yates, and Wickman pitched 3 scoreless innings to finish the game. Offensive contributors: Adam LaRoche was 3-4 with his 29th homer, a double, and scored 3 runs to continue his breakout season. Brian McCann was 2-3 with his 18th homer and doubled as his terrific season goes on. Giles and Francoeur also had 2 hits, with Giles hitting his 10th homer and Francoeur drawing his 18th walk. Chuck James against somebody making his major league debut tomorrow. College football festivities are tomorrow, so expect the recap either late or the next day.

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