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7/9 Game Thread: Braves vs. Dodgers

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Ahh, didn't that win last night feel and look great?  I've got my fingers crossed for another one like that tonight.  With Huddy on the mound, I certainly think it's a possibility! Tim Hudson (9-6, 3.19 ERA) will face Derek Lowe (6-8, 4.02 ERA) tonight in the rubber match of this 3-game series.  Hudson is seeking his 10th win, which would make him the first Braves pitcher since Russ Ortiz in 2004 to amass 10 wins before the All-Star break.  I have to say, Huddy has lived up to my expectations both last year and this year.  I feel pretty confident about tonight with Huddy on the mound and the offense we saw last night. Offensive gold stars go to McCann and Teixeira for last night's performance.  McCann and Teixeira each have 17 homeruns on the year, with McCann sending two over the fence last night and Teixeira adding one.  Teixeira has certainly heated up lately, placing second in the NL in homeruns and RBIs since May 29th.  With 27 two-out RBIs this season, Teixeira has become the most reliable Brave in two-out situations.  Blanco is heating up too, having hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games.  During that time period, he's batting .360 with a .448 on-base percentage. In Francoeur's first night back, he went 1 for 5 with one strikeout.  In other news, it was announced today that Jair Jurrjens received the NL Rookie of the Month for June.  JJ was 3-0 in June with a 1.63 ERA.  He is the first Brave to win this award since its inception in 2001.  JJ's 9-4 record places him in a tie for the best record for a Braves rookie before the All-Star break.  His 9-4 fete hasn't been accomplished since Lou Fette of the Boston Braves 71 years ago.

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