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Game Recap - 6/19/10 (Happy Birthday Edition)

Written by Joe Lucia on .

Braves 5 (41-28), Royals 4 (29-40) WP: Wagner (5-0) LP: Tejeda (2-3) This was one hell of a birthday present for me. A hard fought win over the Royals best pitcher, and a team that came to play some ball. Kris Medlen started and was really good, going 6 1/3 and allowing 3 earned...two of which came in via Eric O'Flaherty allowing a pair of inherited runners to score (again). Thats the kind of crap that irritates me...he can't get out of the situation, but really gets none of the blame. Stats are stupid. Anyway, Medlen's quality start gave the Braves a chance to win the game. He struck out 5, and walked 2, throwing first pitch strikes to 20 of the 27 batters he faced. It was a totally serviceable start, and when you're facing Zack Greinke...you need every bit of help you can get. Greinke wasn't *on* tonight, but he was pretty good: 3 earned in 6 innings without a walk. The Braves got 2 in the first, off a Chipper Jones RBI single and plating an unearned one on a throwing error by (who else?) Yuniesky Betancourt. The scoring halted until a Brian McCann homer in the 4th. The Royals slowly began their comeback with a pair in the 5th, and the Braves got one back in the 6th on a Troy Glaus groundout. Then came the 7th where the Royals tied the game as I mentioned. That set the stage for Troy Glaus in the 9th, and he walked the Braves back to the clubhouse with a homer. Offensive highlights...top of the order did all the damage, as the first 5 hitters had all but one of the Braves hits. Martin Prado picked up a pair of hits, putting him up to 100 on the year, and Chipper Jones also had a couple as well as an RBI. He's now hitting .243...which kinda puts that whole "CHIPPER IS PLAYING SO BADLY AND IS GOING TO RETIRE" talk in the rearview mirror for awhile. He'll be fine. Glaus also increased his NL RBI lead with 2 more to give him 55 for the season, 2 above David Wright of the despised New York Mets. Funny to think that the "offensively challenged" Braves have the league leader in 2 of the 3 Triple Crown categories. Oh, and the second most runs in the league. How a good couple of months can change things. Some stats now...Braves have now won 41 straight games when scoring 5 or more runs, going back to last season. They haven't lost a series since the second weekend of May. The team has a .767 winning percentage at Turner Field. Best record and run differential in the National League. Lost consecutive games at Turner Field once all season. Won 13 of the last 14 at home. Why all the positive stats about playing at home? The Braves play 10 of their next 13 games at home. 7 of those games are against teams under .500, and 6 are in the NL East. You wanna make up some ground on the Mets and Phillies? They both lost today, so the lead is 1.5 over New York, and 4.5 over Philly. Now is the time to build up a huge lead. If the Braves can go into the All-Star Break (which is just 3 weeks away) with a lead of half a dozen games or more, this race could be as good as wrapped up. And that isn't exactly a bad prediction either, as the Braves finish the first half of the year with 3 each in NY and Philly. Now is the time. TAKE CONTROL! Braves look for the sweep tomorrow. Kenshin Kawakami looks to turn that goose egg in the win column into a single tally, as he takes on former Brave Kyle Davies. Seriously, Kyle Davies? Good god.
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