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Game Recap - 7/31/10

Written by Joe Lucia on .

Reds 5 (58-47), Braves 2 (59-44) WP: Arroyo (11-6) LP: Jurrjens (3-4) SV: Cordero (28) Everything was going smoothly in this game...Jurrjens was mowing down Reds hitters, the Braves got a couple early runs that looked like they would hold up...then the bottom of the 7th inning came along. Jurrjens pitch count was in the 80s, so a reliever should have at least been loose, or ready to get loose...it all started well, with a strikeout of Joey Votto. Then Scott Rolen, who had homered for the Reds sole run of the game up to that point, doubled to left center field. If someone wasn't up, they should have after that. Jonny Gomes singled. Then Jay Bruce singled to tie the game. Jurrjens was still in there. He got Drew Stubbs swinging. So 2 outs, 2 runners on...if Jurrjens can get out of this, the Braves would be good, right? Yeah well...he should have definitely been pulled by then. Ryan Hanigan came to the plate and doubled home 2 runs. Then something odd happened...when Melky Cabrera went to gun to throw home, the ball somehow went *sideways*. It ended up being closer to Jason Heyward than Alex Gonzalez. Naturally, Hanigan scored to make it 5-2, and the hopes of a team got deflated like a balloon. Inexplicably, Jurrjens was STILL in the game, finally getting pulled after a Laynce Nix single. Peter Moylan got out of the inning, but it was too late. The damage was done. Jurrjens pitched great until that 7th inning, too. He'd finish with 6 2/3 IP, no walks, and 6 strikeouts. Solid day. If only it wasn't for that rash of 4 hits in the 7th where he was thrashing around like a fish out of water. The offense started HOT...and then withered up and died. Omar Infante led off with a double, and Jason Heyward reached on an error that brought Infante home. After a Chipper Jones pop up, Brian McCann singled and Troy Glaus reached on a fielder's choice where nobody was gotten out. Eric Hinske brought in the second Braves run with a bases loaded walk...and Alex Gonzalez completely killed the chance to knock the Reds out in the first inning by grounding into an inning ending double play. The Braves had opportunities to get more runs...runners on the corners in the 3rd with one out resulted in nothing. Leadoff runners in the 6th and 7th, and the Braves came away with bupkis for runs. And in the 9th, the Braves brought the tying run to the plate in Heyward...who struck out looking to end the game. Dear Jason, its impossible to drive in a bunch of runs if you're not going to move the bat. The Braves offense on the day had 7 hits...3 each for Infante and McCann, and then one for Cabrera. McCann would add a walk to reach in all 4 of his plate appearances on the day. Infante did an admirable job filling in for Martin Prado in his first game at second...but if the offense is going to be this lethargic the rest of the way, it could result in dropping out of first place. The Braves look to avoid dropping a 3rd straight series and ending the road trip on a good note tomorrow afternoon in Cincy. The newly returned yet still erratic Edison Volquez starts for the Reds, while the Braves counter with the bastion of unluckiness, Tommy Hanson. Hoping and praying for a win...you know you're in a bad place where you're eagerly anticipating seeing Rick Ankiel's name in the lineup.

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