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Tom reminds me that his recaps award game balls and LVPs to Braves players only. It is good that he told me this, because I'm an idiot. The LVP for Friday night's game was Nate McLouth, who went 0-5 with 5 strikeouts.

Braves 4, Rockies 3

MVP: Jair Jurrjens. 6 innings with just 2 ER, and just as importantly, he was 2-3 with an RBI. Good kid.

LVP: Ryan Church. Yes, he's 0-4 as a Brave, but -- and I watched his face very closely to see if it showed any tendency to morph, or any other glitch in the Matrix -- he's not Jeff Francoeur. I'm tempted to make him the MVP just for that.

MIP: Believe it or not, the Braves' most important play was JJ's RBI single. It gave the Braves an insurance run to cushion a lead they'd never relinquish.

UotG: Bullpen. In a close game, your bullpen had better be up to the task. Peter Moylan wasn't, but Eric O'Flaherty and Rafael Soriano both shut the door. Soriano's scoreless inning actually had a greater WPA than Jurrjens' 6 innings.

Hey, a winning streak!

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