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Game Recap - 7/3/10

Written by Joe Lucia on .

Braves 4 (48-33), Marlins 1 (37-43) WP: Hanson (8-5) LP: Sanchez (7-5) SV: Wagner (17) This game was a stark contrast to last night's thriller. Tommy Hanson came out and had a second inning where he pitched well enough to escape unscathed, hitting Cody Ross who stole second and took third on a patented Brian McCann horrible throw into center field on the attempt. He then scored when Martin Prado dropped a popup. Hit by pitch, stolen base, and a couple errors...way to manufacture a run. The Marlins wouldn't even touch Hanson again until the 6th inning, loading the bases with a pair of singles and a walk with one out. Hanson proceeded to strike out Ross and Ronnie Paulino to end the inning and the Marlins threat. The Marlins threatened again in the 7th, with a pair of runners reaching after a couple Hanson strikeouts to open the inning. Peter Moylan was promptly brought in to get Hanley Ramirez out to end the threat...and that he did, with a strikeout looking. Takashi Saito pitched the 8th, and made it interested, with 2 more Marlins yet again reaching base. Saito took care of that business with a double play grounder. Billy Wagner came in for the 9th inning...and the best closer in the National League did it again. Strikeout, strikeout, groundout. Go home, Marlins. The Braves offense today...kinda quiet. 10 baserunners. All 4 runs came in the 4th inning, and it was an interesting inning for sure. Chipper Jones led off and did what he does best...walk. Brian McCann then pulled a savvy play out of his bag, laying a bunt down to third base with the shift on. Eric Hinske struck out, but Omar Infante came up and laced a single up the middle to score Chipper and tie the game. Next up? The slumping Yunel Escobar, doubling in McCann. The scoring was capped with a 2-run single by Gregor Blanco. And...that was it. With the way Hanson was pitching, it looked like it would be tough for the Marlins to get enough runs to top the total posted by the Braves in the 4th. McCann and Infante each had a couple of singles, and Escobar added a walk to his homer over the course of the game. Martin Prado only went 1/4, but still leads the NL in batting average, sitting at .336. Braves look for the sweep tomorrow at Turner Field with a really bizarre 5:05 start time. I guess its because of the holiday...but whatever. Still stupid. Ricky Nolasco for Florida, Tim Hudson for your Braves. Another good matchup there. DIVISIONAL WATCH: Mets up 5-3 on the Nats in the bottom of the 9th, Phillies up 2-0 on the Pirates in the bottom of the 1st. Braves can only pick up ground today...thats a nice feeling to have in your stomach.

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