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Game Recap - 4/8/10

Written by Joe Lucia on .

Cubs 2 (1-2), Braves 0 (2-1) WP: Wells (1-0) LP: Hanson (0-1) SV: Marmol (1) In all due fairness: I missed innings 4 through 7 of this game, because I was in class and my phone battery died so I couldn't watch anymore of it on MLB.TV. From what I did see though...Tommy Hanson was throwing gas early on, but the Cubs were fouling a lot of pitches off and making him work. He only lasted 5 and a third and hit 100 pitches pretty quickly. Despite the velocity I mentioned earlier, Hanson just didn't have it going on tonight. He struck out 7, which is good...however, he matched that with 7 fly ball outs and only 2 ground ball outs. Also worth noting are the 3 walks and Hanson getting first pitch strikes on only 12 of the 23 batters he faced. Oh yeah: the scoring. He allowed 2 runs, both on solo shots from Marlon Byrd and Tyler Colvin. Look at that...allow more fly balls, allow more homers. Its almost like they were correlated or something. The bullpen was great, working 3 2/3 perfect innings, with multiple inning outings from Eric O'Flaherty and (shockingly) Jesse Chavez. When you allow 2 runs defensively, you should probably win the game. But, the Braves couldn't figure out Randy Wells, who was...efficient, I guess is a good word. He didn't walk anyone, only struck out one...yeah, a little good and a little bad. But the real superstar thing about Wells...13 ground ball outs! When the sinker is working like that, theres nothing you can do. The Braves mounted comebacks in the 8th and 9th innings, with a walk and a single in each, but couldn't quite complete the comeback. Eric Hinske nearly won the game in the 9th with a deep flyball to center that would have been gone if it went to either power alley, but alas. Not all was lost offensively...Martin Prado continued his hot hitting with 3 more hits, and Troy Glaus tallied a pair of hits. But with 3 double plays hit into, the Braves shot themselves in the foot more often than is reasonable tonight. STAR OF THE GAME: Martin Prado. 3/4, 2B GOAT OF THE GAME: Melky Cabrera. 0/4, BB, game-ending strikeout looking

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