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Game Recap - 7/6/10

Written by Joe Lucia on .

Braves 6 (49-35), Phillies 3 (43-39) WP: Chavez (1-1) - seriously, Jesse Chavez got the win. LP: Herndon (0-2) SV: Wagner (18) Quite an interesting little game tonight. The Braves pitching staff held the Phillies to only 3 hits...and 2 of them resulted in the 3 Phillies runs being scored. Jair Jurrjens got the start, and pitched well in his second outing back from the DL: 6 innings, 2 hits, 3 earned, 3 walks, and 4 strikeouts. Efficient enough to get the job done, and that last run...it really wasn't his fault. Bobby pushed Jurrjens out for the 7th inning because of his low pitch count and effective pitching at that point in the game...but look at it this way. It was his second start from coming off the DL, and it was the third time through the order, and the heart of the order was up. It wasn't going to end well. It ended up not mattering, because after Jurrjens left the game, the Braves bullpen came into play and...completely and utterly dominated the Phillies. Peter Moylan, Jonny Venters, Takashi Saito, Eric O'Flaherty, Jesse Chavez (*that* Jesse Chavez) and Billy Wagner (in other words, the entire bullpen with the exception of Kenshin Kawakami) combined to through 5 scoreless innings, allowing 1 hit, 1 walk, and striking out 3. You couldn't get a better job out of the pen. They were efficient too, only throwing 67 pitches in those 5 innings. The pitching was the reason the Braves won the game tonight. The Braves offense was spotty, but it the end, it got the job done. The team put the first 3 hitters on in the first inning, and got its first run of the evening on a double play. Run number two came in the fourth, when David Ross singled in Matt Diaz, who had doubled in the previous at bat. The scoring would cease until the 7th, when Martin Prado lined a homer into left field, maybe a foot over the fence. The Braves had a prime scoring opportunity in the 8th inning, with runners on the corners and nobody out after singles by Chipper Jones and Troy Glaus. And then...disaster. Yunel Escobar grounded to third, and Chipper broke towards home. He got into a rundown and was tagged out. A popout by Diaz and a pinch hit ground out by Brian McCann took care of that scoring chance. And then the 11th inning came along...Yunel Escobar singled, and was immediately doubled home by Diaz. After a pair of strikeouts, Eric Hinske gave the Braves a little insurance with a homer to right center. The 3 run lead was more than enough with the lead the team had. Taking a quick look at the offensive stars tonight...Martin Prado had another one of his sterling games, going 2/5 with a walk and a pair of runs scored and that aforementioned homer. All-Star Omar Infante had a couple of hits in the 2-hole, as did Yunel Escobar, hitting 5th. The big star of the evening was the returning Diaz, who went 3/5 with 2 runs, 2 doubles and what would be the game-winning RBI. The Braves used their entire bench and all but one pitcher in the bullpen tonight. Its going to be a long day tomorrow...thank god for that off day on Thursday. The Braves look for the series win tomorrow, and will send Kris Medlen to the hill to oppose the ancient Jamie Moyer. First pitch is once again at 7:05. The Mets won tonight, so the lead over them holds steady at 2 games, while the Phillies shift back to 5 games out in the NL East.

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