Braves pitchers Kenshin Kawakami and Kris Medlen had a perfect game going until the sixth inning. I bet a lot of you didn't even notice that. The final score of 8-4, in favor of the Yankees, certainly didn't reflect that terrific start.
For those who didn't see the game and have been living under a rock ever since, Kenshin Kawakami came out in the third after a line drive off the bat of opposing pitcher, Joba Chamberlain, hit him in the lower neck. Although it was quite the scare, we hear that he's only bruised and day-to-day. Rookie pitcher, Kris Medlen, came in for long relief and continued Kawakami's perfect game into the sixth inning. That's when the Yankees bats came alive though, as they scored three in the sixth. Although it was Medlen who loaded the bases, it was my least favorite Braves reliever, Jeff Bennett, who helped unload some of them. He gave up a two-run single to A-Rod and came back the next inning and gave up a leadoff homerun to Nick Swisher. Normally I think you would have seen Moylan come in the game instead of Bennett, but he was deemed unavailable because he had pitched the previous three games.
Basically last night left us with a lot of what-if's. What if Kawakami hadn't been injured in the third - could he have continued his perfect game or at least gotten the win? What if Moylan had been available to come in with the bases loaded in the sixth? What if Brian McCann's throw to Casey Kotchman on an attempted double play in the hadn't hit Robinson Cano? What if the umps had made the right call and called interference on Cano?
That one's in the books though, so the focus turns to tonight and what is bound to be a pitcher's duel between Derek Lowe (7-5, 4.09 ERA) and Andy Pettite (7-3, 4.26 ERA).
Some miscellaneous information I've learned over the past two nights:
- The Braves will celebrate Independence Day with fireworks after the July 2nd game. They will also be giving out commemorative Coke bottles featuring the Coca-Cola bottle in Sky Field.
- Which leads me to tidbit number two - in case you haven't heard, Coca-Cola is removing the bottle in Sky Field this and replacing it with a newer, more technologically savvy model.
- All-American Rejects are performing after the July 18th game.
- All seats in the Golden Moon Pavilion are $6 for the remainder of the 2009 season in honor of Bobby Cox's 2000th win!