The Braves pulled out a win over the Padres in the second game of a four game series tonight. Fresh up from the farm, Anthony Lerew gave a very nice performance tonight. Going 6 innings, he gave up only two hits, albeit they were both solo homeruns. He also racked up seven strikeouts. Very solid performance.
The offense didn't truly come alive until the bottom of the eighth, however, so the Padres led most of the game. Really, the only offense to speak of was by Renteria and Andruw. In the sixth, doubles by Renteria and Andruw produced a run. Then in the eighth, Renteria tripled to score a run and Andruw followed shortly thereafter with a single to score another run. The only other hits of the game were double by Chipper in the fourth and a pinch hit single by Diaz in the eighth. While I was wondering what happened to the rest of our offense, I was happy to see Andruw coming through finally.
Salty started again tonight. Unfortunately, his bat was quiet.
The bullpen looked good, as usual (man, it feels good to say that after last year!), with Yates, Gonzo and Soriano handling an inning a piece. Gonzo gave up the only hit off the bullpen and Soriano struck out two in the ninth. Gonzo walked away with his second win of the season and Soriano came up with his third save of the season.
Before we get to the Kelly Meter, I have to point out that Diaz's average is up to .302 after tonight's pinch hit. I've always liked Diaz (mostly a gut feeling), so I'm keeping the faith.
: 0 for 4 tonight, unfortunately. His line is down to .292/.433/.522. I'm confident he'll bounce back (not that his line is bad, he just hasn't done much the past two nights) - perhaps tomorrow night when I'm there to root him on!
Final Score: Braves 3, Padres 2
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