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Game Recap - 8/15/10

Written by Joe Lucia on .

Braves 13 (68-49), Dodgers 1 (60-58) WP: Jurrjens (5-4) LP: Padilla (6-4) No writeup for yesterday because...well, the game went a little long and I was tired. Fair enough, right? But today...ohhh, today's going to get a writeup. This was probably the team's most complete win in the month since the All-Star Break. No Chipper, no problem. The Braves beat the absolute tar out of the Dodgers today, and they were never really even in the game. 16 hits for the good guys, and they hit with runners in scoring position at a 7/14 clip, something that is definitely going to get people off of harping on that stupid stat for at least a day. Every starter but Eric Hinske reached base multiple times. Every starter except Rick Ankiel had a RBI, with Alex Gonzalez and Troy Glaus each driving in 4. And just for the hell of it: every starter except Hinske and Brian McCann scored a run, with Omar Infante crossing the plate three times, and Ankiel, Glaus and Melky Cabrera each scoring twice. Maybe more shocking is the fact that the team only had 3 extra base hits...when you're able to score 3 runs with only 3 XBH, you're getting a little lucky. The big blows were two of those extra base hits: a 2 run triple by Gonzalez in the 3rd, and a huge 3-run homer by Glaus in the 5th. Pitching? Yeah, there was pitching. Jair Jurrjens allowed 1 run in 7 innings, walking just one and striking out 7. His only trouble came in that 7th inning, loading the bases with no one out before getting out of the inning allowing just the one run. Would have liked the shutout, but what can you do? JJ was great today, and thats really all I can say. First pitch strikes to 17 of 27, 9 ground ball outs along with his 7 strikeouts...71 of 101 pitches as strikes...it was great. Maybe more importantly was the key members of the bullpen getting a day off, as Mike Dunn and Cristhian Martinez mopped the ending of the game up without incident. Pitching has been a huge part of this series, with the Braves only allowing 3 runs to LA in these 3 games. Tommy Hanson looks to stifle their offense again tomorrow, as he'll make the start for Atlanta. Chad Billingsley goes for the Dodgers. Should be another good one. After LA leaves town, the Nationals come to town, and the Braves will look to get some revenge for that series loss from 2 weeks ago. One more thing worth noting: the Braves home record this year is 41-16. Last year, their home record was 40-41. Talk about a dramatic shift. The lead over Philly is 2.5, pending result of their game against the Mets this evening. They don't play tomorrow, so there's going to be a half game fluctuation involved somewhere after the game. Site notes: usual Monday nonsense will be up, and since I am still barred from working, it will be spread evenly throughout the day. Hooray! Keep your eyes peeled for all that stuff.

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