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Game Recap - 4/14/10

Written by Joe Lucia on .

Braves (4-4) 6, Padres (3-5) 1 WP: Hanson (1-1) LP: Richard (0-2) Ah, now this is what I'm talking about...despite walking 4, Tommy Hanson was fantastic on the hill for the Braves, only allowing 1 run while striking out 7. I like looking at peripherals early in the season because they make me laugh...Hanson hasĀ  a 98.5% strand rate. Hilarious, IMO. That will clearly regress, as will his strikeout, walk and homer rates...but I'll be damned if seeing a strand rate like that doesn't make me crack up. Regardless, the Padres couldn't touch Hanson. As long as his control was on last night, he was a beast. The bullpen after Hanson was shutdown awesome, but then again...the 3 guys pitching after him were the best 3 relievers (Moylan, Saito, and Wagner). The 3 combined for 4 strikeouts and allowed 4 baserunners in their 3 innings of work. Easy as pie. Offensively, the Braves came to life following an embarrassing loss on Monday where the team got shut down by Kevin Correia and could only manage to plate a pair of runs. The team scored 3 runs in both the 6th and 7th innings, and everything was clicking. The scoring was started in the 6th with a big 2 run double by Brian McCann, driving in Martin Prado and Chipper Jones. The inimitable Jason Heyward drove in Troy Glaus, who reached after a single and a Yunel Escobar fielders choice knocked Brian McCann out at the plate. That was all the Braves could get in the inning. Then came the 7th, where the Braves offense did it again. Matt Diaz reached on an error, and Brian McCann walked, which led to a moonshot homer by Troy Glaus, his first of the season and hopefully enough to get the Twitcritics off his back for an evening. Glaus had his best game as a Brave on Wednesday, reaching base twice, scoring 2 runs, and driving in 3. In a related note, after the massacre on Monday, Jojo Reyes will be disabled after straining his knee and will likely be replaced on the roster by Mike Dunn. I guess Scott Proctor's elbow isn't right yet, after he got shelled Monday for Gwinnett pitching his second game in a row. Dunn has struck out 6 in 3 1/3 IP for Gwinnett, so its a worthy callup. On a personal note, my week of hell will be over after class this evening, and I look forward to getting back to writing on a more regular basis this weekend. Series preview for the tough Rockies series will be up this evening, as will the game recap for today's twilight game (another 6:35 EST start...what the hell?). Anyone else notice that the Braves don't play an interdivisional game until the start of the series against the Phillies that starts next Tuesday? By comparison, the Nationals will have played 9, the Mets 6, the Phillies 9, and the Marlins 6. Doesn't seem terribly fair, especially with 6 games on the west coast over the first week and a half of the season. Anyway, I'll be back later tonight. STAR OF THE GAME: Troy Glaus. 2/4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 HR, 1 K GOAT OF THE GAME: I guess I'd go Matt Diaz. 0/4, 1 R. No one really performed badly.

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