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Game Recap - 4/30/10

Written by Joe Lucia on .

Braves 4 (9-14), Astros 2 (8-14) WP: Hanson (2-2) LP: Myers (1-2) SV: Wagner (2) Back from my exile...to recap a Braves victory! Woohoo! How telling is it that we're now in May, and Billy Wagner just picked up his SECOND SAVE of the year? Unbelievable. Tommy Hanson was going to simply will the Braves to victory if he had to, and I'll be damned if he didn't do just that, pitching 8 strong and efficient innings (only 99 pitches!) allowing 4 hits and a pair of runs while walking none and striking out 7. Billy Wagner pitched a scoreless 9th while only throwing 3 strikes, which is hard to accomplish while getting 3 outs in the process. Offensively, the Braves ERUPTED (/sarcasm) for 4 runs, 3 of which came off homers, and 1 of which scored on an error. Jason Heyward had a 2 run homer and just missed a second one, and people are claiming he's struggling despite the .880 OPS...I'll take that out of a 20 year old any day of the week, kids. Nate McLouth showed flashes of breaking out of his season long slump, going 2 for 3 with a walk and a leadoff homer in the bottom of the first inning...his average still sucks, but the OPS is now at .620! We're getting somewhere now...the rest of the offense was predictably bad, though Troy Glaus walked twice and Melky Cabrera singled and walked...his OPS cracked .500 for the year, so now we're REALLY cooking with gas! The Braves return in...oh, 2 and a half hours on national TV in a game I won't see thanks to fantastic blackout rules. Astros number two Wandy Rodriguez takes the hill after having his start pushed back to today, while Tim Hudson will pitch for the Braves. Hudson was one out away in his second start of the season from opening the year with 4 straight quality starts, despite a strikeout to walk ratio thats nearly even. Regular blogging has resumed. The usual weekend goodness will be going on, headed by game recaps today and tomorrow, the minor league report tomorrow, with HOT or NOT on Monday and the series preview for the Nationals series (the second place Nationals, mind you) coming either Monday evening or during the day on Tuesday. Until next time...here's hoping for a 9 game winning streak now!

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