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Game Recap - 8/16/10

Written by Joe Lucia on .

Braves 4 (69-49), Dodgers 3 (60-59) WP: Moylan (4-2) LP: Kuo (3-2) Tommy Hanson pitched his heart and soul out tonight, and got saddled with another no decision. In fact, the Braves offense looked so listless and pathetic through 8 innings, that it looked like the team's lead in the NL East would get shrunk down to only a game and a half. But then, magic happened in the 9th against Hong-Chih Kuo and Octavio Dotel. Alex Gonzalez and Brian McCann started the inning off with singles off Kuo. They advanced to 2nd and 3rd on a wild pitch. Troy Glaus did his part by popping out, thereby ensuring that he wouldn't completely murder the rally. That brought up Brooks Conrad, Captain Clutch...he walked, to load the bases for David Ross, pinch hitting for Rick Ankiel. Dotel came in for Kuo, and got Ross in a 1-2 hole...and Ross somehow worked his way to a walk. 3-2 game, and Melky Cabrera at the plate. Melky had made a huge throw in the 8th to gun down Ryan Theriot at the plate to end the inning. Melky, like Ross, worked his way to a 3-2 count...and he hit a bleeder through the left side that scored 2 and ended the game. What a game. WHAT. A. VICTORY! Despite the win, the Braves still only put 11 runners on base all game...McCann and Conrad each reached 3 times. The only extra base hits were a leadoff triple by Omar Infante in the 6th (he'd score on a Jason Heyward sac fly that Andre Ethier made a great catch on), and a Conrad double in the 7th where he rotted there. It was yet another inept performance...but its all good, the Braves got the victory. Tommy Hanson put together an amazing start: 7 innings, 5 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts. The fact that he did this in some absolutely terrible weather speaks wonders as to how much of his mojo he had rolling tonight. The game actually started crappy for Tommy, allowing a first inning run on a double by Ethier. That...would be the highlight of the night for the Dodgers against Hanson. They just couldn't do anything. The Dodgers did get 2 in the 8th, which is where they got their near-win from. Brooks Conrad had a pair of errors in the inning, the first of which came on a bad hop and probably shouldn't have been an error. After a walk to put 2 on with none out, Conrad fielded a dribbler hit by Theriot, and launched the ball up the right field line, allowing 2 runs to score. It was almost fatal...but thank god, the Braves prevailed. Lead in the NL East is up to 2.5 with the Phillies being idle. Aaaaaaaaaand...exhale. Tomorrow, the Washington Nationals come to Atlanta to take on the Braves. Mike Minor will make his second career start for the Braves, and noted Braves killer Scott Olsen starts for Washington. I *hate* Scott Olsen.

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