Braves 4 (52-35), Mets 0 (47-40)
WP: Hudson (9-4)
LP: Pelfrey (10-4)
The major story from today's game focused on one man, and only one man: Tim Hudson. The Braves starter was straight up dominant against the Mets, allowing 4 hits, walking 2, and striking out 3 in 7 scoreless innings. He also continued his dominance in keeping the ball on the ground, getting 12 groundouts to only 5 flyouts. Amazing to think that the All-Star was able to do this despite only getting first pitch strikes on 11 of the 26 batters he faced. Jonny Venters and Billy Wagner finished the game with a pair of perfect innings, only needing 18 pitches to get 6 outs. Gotta love it.
Offensively, it was an...interesting day for the Braves. The Braves put 15 runners on base in 4+ against Mike Pelfrey, only getting 4 runs in the 5th innings. They'd take on 5 more against the Mets bullpen to give the team 20 baserunners on the day. And yet...only 4 runs were scord. When you strand 13 men...yeah, its just not a good day. But to the positives: all the Braves starters reached base multiple times, with the exceptions of Melky Cabrera (a big fat goose egg), and Eric Hinske (who only got 3 AB). NL All-Star (still LOLing) Omar Infante continued his hot streak with 3 hits, though none were for extra bases. Troy Glaus and Yunel Escobar each also reached 3 times, while Martin Prado didn't get a hit, but walked twice. It was a solid day offensively...aside from the lack of runs, of course. God bless a lack of situational hitting.
Braves look for the sweep tomorrow, but it will be a tall task, as they send Derek Lowe to the mound to take on the Mets 9 figure man, Johan Santana. Santana is still good, despite people saying things like he's shot and so on and so forth...he's not JOHANSANTANA~~!!!! anymore, but he's still Johan Santana, a damn good pitcher. This isn't an easy task.
The Braves lead over the Mets is now 5 games, which is the largest in all of baseball. The Phillies got another win, and remain 5.5 back...still lurking. Ugh. The Braves also have a 2 game lead for the best record in the NL over the Padres. Back to that point where only the Yankees and Rays have a better record...gotta love it!