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Game Recap - 6/18/10

Written by Joe Lucia on .

Braves 6 (40-28), Royals 4 (29-39) WP: Lowe (9-5) LP: Bannister (6-5) SV: Wagner (13) The outcome of this game was never really in doubt...but to be honest, I was getting a little frustrated when the bullpen came into play late in the game. Derek Lowe started and was fine for 6 innings, allowing only 2 runs. Then the 7th came along, he got one out and allowed a couple baserunners...he got pulled, Eric O'Flaherty came in and allowed one of those inherited runners to score. 8th inning starts, O'Flaherty allows another runner and is pulled, and this time, Peter Moylan allows him to score. What the hell is going on? Moylan escaped the inning with no further harm, and Billy Wagner pitched a scoreless 9th to shut the door. Wagner's ERA is now 1.32. YOWZA, he's gonna be an All-Star. Wagner is striking out 13.5 guys per 9 innings, which translates to half the outs in a 9 inning game. Unreal. Offensively...it was a real team effort again, with no one totally standing out from the pack. The scoring started in the second with the Braves getting a pair in a unique way...Derek Lowe pulled off the team's second squeeze in a week to score Eric Hinske of all people, and Yunel Escobar scored promptly on a Brian Bannister wild pitch. Hinske and Escobar both had identical lines: 1/3 with a walk and 2 runs scored. Can't complain about that, really. Most of the Braves damage came in the 4th, with 3 runs crossing the plate. Melky Cabrera started with a double down the line that brought Hinske in and left Escobar standing at third...he may have scored on the play if it didn't look like he pulled a muscle rounding second. It didn't matter, as Lowe stepped in next and lined a single up the middle to make it 4-2. Then Cabrera would score on a single by the "old man" Chipper Jones. Chipper would add a sac fly in the 6th after a tough at bat to collect his second RBI of the night. Cabrera had one of his best games as a Brave, with 3 hits, 2 runs scored, and a RBI. NL batting average leader Martin Prado collected 2 more hits to up his league-leading average to .338. I hate a lot on Prado due to the lack of power...but christ, I didn't expect this at all. I'll take it. Foot, meet mouth. The Braves return at 7:10 tonight against the Royals once again in a hell of a pitching matchup: reigning AL Cy Young winner Zack Greinke and currently internet darling Kris Medlen. Should be a good one, though I don't know if I'll be watching on account that its my 24th birthday today and there may be other plans in the works...who knows. Keep an eye on my Twitter @BravesHeart for updates on just what the hell will be going on, and whether or not I'll be live tweeting ramblings from the game.

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