Yesterday was a great day for the Braves. We took the series from the Mets, saw Escobar show up to play, watched Vazquez pitch a great game after being absent for almost two weeks, and, as icing on the cake, had Tim Hudson putting up this line in his first rehab stint in Myrtle Beach (single-A):
2.0 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 27 Pitches (18 Strikes)
I've read reports that he even topped out at 94 mph with his fastball. Also, Huddy is saying that he hasn't felt this good in years. I usually don't put too much credence in what any sports player says after coming off major surgery, but it is certainly not a bad sign. Did I mention we won three out of four against the Mets? Yeah, it was a near perfect day, less the Phillies finishing off the sweep against the Marlins. They always got to ruin my good time. Just like basic cable.
Mets 1 - Braves 7
MVP: Yunel Escobar. By going 3 for 4 with a double, a homer, and four RBIs, he was able to take the title from Vazquez, who came in a close second to Yunel with his excellent performance (7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 BB, 1 ER, 5 K, 8 GB to 6 FB, and 101 Pitches).
LVP: Martin Prado. Of course. I write a post about the guy and I proceed to look stupid. He went 1 for 5 in this game and grounded into a double play. For what it's worth, he did pick up a RBI and a run.
MIP: Escobar's home run in the 2nd inning to tie the game at 1 give the Braves a 1 - 0 lead.
UotG: Plate Discipline. Our lineup did not strikeout once. The last time the Atlanta lineup didn't garner a single K was against Cincinnati on June 17th (a game we lost 3 - 4, actually). Add to that the 8 walks hitters drew (McLouth picked up 4), I would have to say our guys were really working the Mets' pitchers. Putting the ball in play and working counts is always a recipe for success.