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Monday's opener against the Marlins may not have gone the way most Braves fans expected but you can't argue with the results. John Smoltz's long-awaited and glorious return to the bullpen was anything but that as the former and now current closer allowed two runs in the ninth to pick up his fifteenth career blown save. Down 5-4 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, a wild pitch from Florida closer Kevin Gregg allowed Jeff Francoeur to score from third and tie the game. After Will Ohman worked a perfect tenth, Logan Kensing was sent out to do the same. He promptly walked Kelly Johnson to lead off the inning and went to a 3-0 count on Yunel Escobar. In what can be deemed as an unconventional move at the very least, Bobby Cox let the young shortstop -- who was hitting .209 over his previous ten games -- swing away. The rest is history as Escobar drilled a belt-high fastball, right over the heart of the plate to straight-away center for a walk-off two-run homerun. After a good start to the Braves' homestand, Jorge Campillo will take the mound for game two. The unlikely hero for the Braves will be making his fourth start with some high expectations to live up to. In Campillo's first three starts this year, he is 2-0, while allowing one one run in fifteen innings. The Mexican hurler also has yet to walk a batter in any of his starts, though he has fanned sixteen of them. Of course, over the long run he isn't going to keep up this performance but if Campillo gives the Braves at least a decent start tomorrow, they look to be in a good position to win. That's because the Marlins are sending out right-handed Burke Badenhop. The Atlanta-native is 1-3 with a 6.75 ERA in nine appearances (seven starts) this season. Just as a note to anyone who hasn't heard yet; Jordan Schafer is back! Yep, the Braves' former top-rated prospect is back from his HGH suspension and went 2-4 with a triple, two RBI's, and a walk in the Mississippi loss. To hear my opinion on Jordan Schafer as well as a number of other players in the farm system, check out House of Braves Talk's recent podcast. Yeah, I'm doing shameless plugging of my segment. Update from Alex: When you're finished listening to his -- and you should, it's good -- come listen to me tonight, from 9:05 - 9:30 PM, on the BC Sports Treehouse Fort. I'm there every Tuesday night. If you can't listen live, podcasts are archived. Come check it out.

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