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Braves Recap: August 5

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Braves 6, Padres 2

MVP: Tommy Hanson, .164 WPA.  Nothing eye-popping here, as he did allow a homer and three walks in six innings while striking out five, but in a way, this is very encouraging: even without his best stuff, young Hanson gave up just two runs and gave his team a chance to win.  Game ball for that.
LVP: Yunel Escobar, -.071 WPA.  He lined out to end the first inning with two men in scoring position, then made three more outs before a meaningless single in the ninth.
MIP: Garret Anderson's first-inning RBI single with two outs to put the Braves ahead 1-0.  The Bravos would lead for the rest of the day.  For all the crap Anderson took from Braves faithful early in the season, he's turned out to be a solid addition.
UotG: Offense.  The offense seems to keep showing up here; it seems the pitching is just consistent, and our fortune each night rests on the hitters' shoulders.  The bats have been the primary cause of the result, whether a win or a loss.

Minors
Mississippi: Five other offensive starters joined Salt and Pepper in Mississippi's hit parade, but no player had more than one hit.  Extra base hits came from Freeman (a double) and left fielder Willie Cabrera (a triple).  Organizational soldier Ryne Reynoso allowed six runs in 6 1/3 innings--though only two of them were earned--while walking one and striking out five.  I don't see why the Braves bother employing retreads like John Halama and Bobby Brownlie when they could just move guys like Reynoso up a level.  He's nothing spectacular, but he'd be good enough for the International League.  Jeff Lyman got the final four outs in the game; he's had about equal success as a starter and a reliever, so why not let him keep starting?

Rome: Very little offense from the R-Braves (as usual, unfortunately, seeing as they score a paltry 3.84 runs per game, good for second-to-last in the sixteen-team South Atlantic League), though Omar Infante did have a hit and a walk in his second rehab game.  Still no word on how long his rehab assignment is expected to last...here's hoping he gets back in the swing of things quickly.  We need him for the stretch run.  Julio Teheran's Sally League debut draws mixed reviews: he gave up two homers and four earned runs in five innings but walked just one and struck out eight.  He's getting lots of hype these days, and let's not forget he's just 18 years old.

GCL: The complex affiliate makes the third minor-league team with little to no excitement on offense, as they managed just two runs on six hits.  Aaron Northcraft was the only real prospect to pitch in this game, and he was a bit shaky: 4 1/3 innings while allowing four runs (only two earned), and walking four while striking out just one.

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