Braves 3 (36-27), Twins 2 (36-26)
WP: Venters (2-0)
LP: Guerrier (1-2)
SV: Wagner (11)
Wow, another great pitchers' duel. The good Derek Lowe showed up this evening, getting into the 8th inning while only allowing 2 runs, walking 3 and striking out 4. Also, 12 ground ball outs. Pretty much what the Braves expected when they threw all that money at Lowe a year and a half ago. He did was he was supposed to do: keep the team in the game, and give the offense a chance to string together some runs. The 8th inning was unreal, featuring 4 Braves pitchers, a bases loaded situation for the Twins, and Jonny Venters getting out of the mess with a huge strikeout on Jason Kubel to end the inning, which would end up giving him the win in the game. Billy Wagner pitched the 9th to get the save.
2 of the 3 Braves runs came in the 5th inning, coming in a span of 4 batters. The suddenly hot Melky Cabrera started things off with a homer to right field that just barely got out, his second of the year. After a Gregor Blanco ground out, the Braves got back to back doubles from Martin Prado and Brooks Conrad to take the lead. The bats would remain quiet until the 9th, when Gregor Blanco walked and Martin Prado singled him to third on a great show of speed by Blanco. Then, Bobby Cox busted out some trickery...he called a suicide squeeze with Brooks Conrad at the plate, and I'll be damned if it didn't work to perfection. Blanco scored, and the Braves would get the win. The top of the lineup was once again the key for the Braves, as Prado and Conrad had 5 of the Braves 9 hits. The heart of the order had a hit apiece, and Jason Heyward pulled an 0-fer yet again. Just give him a day off Bobby, please. Chipper Jones was scratched from the lineup due to inflammation of his injured fingers that kept him out last week. Here's hoping he'll be back for the series starting on Tuesday with the best team in baseball, the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Braves look to continue their unbeaten series streak, and a win on Sunday is the only way to ensure it. Yet another good pitching matchup, as Kevin Slowey will go for Minnesota, and the Braves will counter with Kris Medlen. Bet the under, people.