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Braves Shutout in Loss to Mets

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for the third time this year the Mets downed the Braves and the common factor in all of those has been Oliver Perez. Perez just seems to have had the Braves' number his entire career and now as he has moved back to respectability. Perez really didn't pitch spectacularly as he hit two batters, walked two, and threw a wild pith as well as being helped by a strikezone, that to put it lightly... heavily favored the Mets starter. Perez went seven innings allowing four hits and striking out five before Joe Smith and Billy Wagner both came in and shutdown the Braves late. David Wright hit a solo shot and Carlos Gomez picked up an RBI on a sac fly. Chuck James was again disappointing with a very high pitch count. The southpaw went only 4.2 innings and allowed two earned runs on seven hits. The bullpen pitched 4.1 scoreless innings but it proved to be too late. This was the Braves B-team missing Brian McCann, Kelly Johnson, and Scott Thorman so I didn't expect an offensive explosion but five hits in the game is a bit pathetic. One of the worst stories of the game was Martin Prado, who looked awful at the plate and in the field. Prado 0-4 when it seemed that Perez was trying to walk him every time. He saw around 5-6 pitches over his head and swung at every single one of them. In the field, Prado couldn't handle a throw from Jarrod Saltalamacchia and allowed Jose Reyes to score on his error. I was hoping for a sweep but two out of three would be fine. Smoltz takes on Glavine for the third time in three series' this year and lets face it, Smoltz owns Glavine so hopefully he can keep rolling with that.

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