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Game Recap - 6/16/10

Written by Joe Lucia on .

Braves 6 (38-28), Rays 2 (41-24) WP: Hanson (7-3) LP: Davis (5-7) After last night's display of hitting acumen that resulted in a measly 4 runs crossing the plate (and letting 14 men die on the bases), the Braves offense responded tonight with another great hitting output, this time scoring 6 runs while only stranding 8..."only" 8. Is this what it's come to? Oh boy. Anyways. The hitting prowess was backed up with some fantastic pitching tonight, this time by Tommy Hanson who threw 7 scoreless innings and only let 4 runners reach base. He struck out 6 in an outstanding effort. After back to back rough starts, 4 of Hanson's last 5 have been of the quality variety, with the only start not quality missing by just 2 outs. He's got a 22 to 5 strikeout to walk ratio in his last 3, and hasn't lost a decision in a month. Coincidentally, that loss happened on the night I got my bachelor's degree. Odd, isn't it? Offensive highlights for the Braves...well, it all starts at the top of the order, with MAJOR LEAGUE HITS LEADER Martin Prado scoring 3 on the night to up his total for the year to 95, and his batting average all the way up to .338. What distresses me: the 6.7% walk rate. Just a few more walks could push that OBP up to .400 which would really make people notice, as if they're not already. He's a near lock for an All-Star slot, assuming Charlie Manuel doesn't fall asleep at the wheel. In addition to his 3 hits, Prado scored the first Braves run and drove in the final Braves run of the evening. I'll take that. Eric Hinske and Yunel Escobar each had a couple hits, one of Hinske's was a solo homer. It really was a team effort tonight, with no one aside from Prado really standing out. Troy Glaus had a pair of RBI to sit in second place in the NL behind the hated David Wright of the Mets. Troy Glaus with 51 RBI...would have never imagined it coming into the year. Another note: Chris Resop was placed on the DL today with a strained oblique after his embarrassing performance last night, and Jesse Chavez was called up from Gwinnett. Anyone surprised? I'm not. I apologize for the lack of a recap last night, but with the game not starting until 9:30, me needing to be up at 5 AM, and going out for a birthday dinner after work...yeah, wasn't going to happen. Sorry about that. One more note, this time of the minor league variety. Julio Teheran's line for Myrtle Beach tonight: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 12 K. Guy is amazing. The Braves look for the shocking (to me, at least) series win over the Rays tomorrow night, and will send Tim Hudson to the hill to take on James Shields of the Rays. Shields is not as bad as his ERA, and Hudson is not as good as his...the matchup is not as lopsided as the mass media would have you believe. Keep your eyes on that one, and make sure to watch the game. 7 PM, as usual.

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