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Escobar's Error Costs Braves in Loss

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Last night's game got off to an amazing start with four runs on five hits in the top of the first inning.  Matt Diaz batted in the #2 spot last night and came up with a homerun in his first at-bat.  Chipper followed Diaz with a double, Teixeira and Francouer added singles, and McCann doubled.  It looked like the Braves were well on their way to an evening of dominating the Phillies, but that was not to be. The Phillies came back in the bottom of the first inning and copied the Braves, scoring four runs on five hits.  Then it looked like perhaps the game would simply be a slugfest.  But alas, that was not to be either... The game remained tied 4-4 until the bottom of the seventh inning.  Jayson Werth singled to start off the inning and then was advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Chris Coste.  Greg Dobbs came up next as a pinch hitter and singled to SS Yunel Escobar.  It was a tough play and Escobar should have simply held off on the throw and let Dobbs have the single.  Instead, he made a rookie mistake and tried to get the runner at first.  He overthrew Mark Teixeira at first, who I wish had made more of an effort to come off the bag and make the catch, and Werth scored what would end up being the winning run. The loss can't be completely blamed on Escobar, however.  Although Chuck James gave up no other hits after the five in the first, he did give away our four-run lead in the first.  And the offense certainly cooled off after the first, much like the Philadelphia air last night.  Only Francouer had another hit later in the game to bring the Braves to a grand total of six hits last night.  Tough to win on that. Final Score:  Braves 4, Phillies 5

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