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Heartbreaking Loss for Braves

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After eight innings, Huddy was having a phenomenal night, including a career-high 12 strikeouts.† Unfortunately, baseball†has nine innings.† And it was in the ninth inning that it all fell apart. The Braves had an early 3-0 lead after solo shots in the first by KJ and Chipper and another in the second inning by Diaz.† Hudson kept the shutout going through the eighth inning and I was somewhat surprised to see him back in the ninth.† It was then that he surrendered three singles in a row.† Wickman came in and I wondered how he'd do in this type of situation, as he doesn't often come in to a bases loaded situation.† I thought Soriano would have been a better chance, and although I'll never know, now I think I was probably right.† Wickman gave up a double to score two and then a pass ball allowed the winning run to cross the plate.† Wickman walked away with his first loss and his first blown save.† I don't think he can really be blamed though, as this wasn't his usual scene.† Everyone knows he's not over-powering and that he gives up a hit or two now and then.† He can afford to do that when he handles the ninth on his own, but coming into bases loaded isn't really his arena. While this loss was the most heartbreaking of the season for me, it wasn't all bad.† Huddy had another exceptional performance, except for the ninth inning.† Twelve strikeouts and no earned runs for eight innings is a mighty impressive start and I hope that accomplishment is not overshadowed by the loss.

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