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Game Recap - 8/20/10

Written by Joe Lucia on .

Braves 5 (72-50), Cubs 3 (50-73) WP: Moylan (5-2) LP: Marmol (2-3) SV: Wagner (30) The Braves offense didn't show up for today's game against the Cubs. The team only had 5 hits, and Cubs starter Ryan Dempster only walked 2 batters in his 8 strong innings of work. But yet...the Braves hung a crooked number on the board and earned a huge victory. How you ask? 2 words: Carlos Marmol. The Cubs closer came in for the 9th, and had himself an interesting inning. He started by walking off Martin Prado. New Brave Derrek Lee struck out for the second time on the day, going hitless in his Braves debut. Brian McCann walked next, and Diory Hernandez pinch run for him. Alex Gonzalez walked to load the bases for Melky Cabrera...who promptly struck out in typical Melkman fashion. 2 outs, top 9, down a run, and Rick Ankiel at the plate. He swung at 2 pitches at his ankles and checked his swing on a 3rd. After taking a ball, Ankiel got another one of those sliders bearing down on his lower half...and he was sitting on it, and laced it down the right field line. 3 run triple, Braves take a 5-3 lead, Marmol blows the save, Cub fans everywhere feel the agony of defeat yet again. Dempster allowed 6 baserunners in 8 innings, and Marmol allowed 4 in his one to get saddled with the loss. Victory...its a sweet, beautiful thing. Ankiel was the offensive force today for the Braves, adding a single to his triple, while Omar Infante hit a solo homer that tied the game at 1, and he also doubled to lead off the game. Prado walked twice and scored a couple runs, while Gonzalez doubled in the Braves second run in the 4th that gave the team a 2-1 lead...a lead that would immediately be given up in the bottom of the inning. Jair Jurrjens was the Braves starter, and he pitched...effectively, I guess you would say. 3 earned and a walk in 7 innings is nothing to sneeze at, but the 2 strikeouts and 9 hits? Blegh. The major player for the Cubs was Aramis Ramirez, who homered in the 4th to tie the game at 2, and he doubled in the Cubs 3rd run of the game in the 6th after a Marlon Byrd triple. Both the Ramirez double and Byrd triple were hit to left, and were privy to some iffy defense by Cabrera...because the Melkman *always* delivers. Peter Moylan threw a perfect, 8 pitch 8th to get the win, and Billy Wagner struck out 2 in the 9th to pick up the save, his 30th of the year. Big day for Wagner: he tied Jesse Orosco for the most strikeouts all-time by a left handed reliever, and the save gave him his 9th 30 save season of his career. Tomorrow's game is a FOX national game, and I'm getting the Orioles instead. Dammit to that. I'll be listening (cough) to Tommy Hanson take on Tom Gorzelanny, and I'm not looking forward to typing Gorzelanny a lot.

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