Braves Get Revenge in Boston
Kelly Meter: Kelly Johnson, after struggling mightily in the last week or two went 3/6 and finished a single away from the cycle. He really looked locked in today driving quite a few pitches and punishing any mistake. Hopefully this could spark a turn around in his play.
Tim Hudson will get the ball tomorrow at 2:05 ET against Kason Gabbard (Yeah, I've never heard of him either). For the second straight game the Braves will get a tremendously mismatched game that they hopefully can capitalize on.
After getting embarased 13-3 in the first game of the double header, the Braves raised their right hand and slapped the Red Sox right back to the tune of a 14-0 score. John Smoltz showed how great a competitor he is as he came back from a dislocated finger in his last start and threw possibly his best game of the season against an offensive powerhouse. The veteran righty ran into a bit of trouble in the first throwing just over 25 pitches but escaped unscathed and absolutely dominated for the rest of the game. Smoltz finished with a seven inning scoreless performance, allowing only three hits, one walk, and striking out seven to earn the win. Oscar Villareal and Peter Moylan came on to work a perfect eighth and ninth innings in a bullpen depleted bu heavy usage in the first game. All in all the Braves allowed only the three hits and one walk to the number five offensive team in baseball; quite a feat.
The pitching was excellent but the offense wasn't any slouch either. The Braves pounded five Red Sox pitchers for a total of fourteen runs on eighteen hits. The Braves jumped on Boston early knocking around Devern Hansack, who was called up to replaced the injured Josh Beckett, for four runs in four innings before he was removed with a bruised finger. It didn't get any better for the Sox after that as the Braves scored seven more runs in the next three innings and then three more in the ninth. Chipper launched a first inning homer and Matt Diaz added a solo shot in the fourth. Brian McCann ended his slide with a big day at the plate, Jeff Francoeur added two hits to bring his average back up over .300, and both Thorman and Salty added doubles. Every Braves hitter, including the two replacements finished with at least one hit besides Edgar Renteria, who had been one of the few bright spots in the first game of the double header. Bobby, who sat Brian McCann in favor of Salty in the late innings was able to put McCann back in to catch the second game. I know this was a big topic of discussion on this site but I don't think anyone guessed it right.