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Game Recap - 6/4/10

Written by Joe Lucia on .

Dodgers 5 (32-23), Braves 4 (32-23) WP: Kuo (1-1) LP: Kawakami (0-8) SV: Broxton (14) And so ends the winning streak, as well as Kenshin Kawakami's string of great starts. Kenshin was just...off from the getgo, allowing 4 runs over the first 2 innings and putting the Braves in a deep hole. He was able to calm down in innings 3 through 6, but was inexplicably allowed to stay in the game after the Braves came back to tie the game in the 7th, and put 2 men on before being pulled for Eric O'Flaherty...who allowed what would end up being the game winning single to James Loney instead of getting what would have been an inning ending double play. For what its worth, this is a game the Braves should have lost anyway...the team was bound to lose at least one game in LA, and tonight was the likely suspect with the Braves least efficient starter going, while the Dodgers started their young stud, Clayton Kershaw. Speaking of Kershaw...man did he look good early on, before the game devolved into another Kershaw-esque nightmare. The book on Kershaw: lots of walks, lots of strikeouts. Last night, he walked 5 and struck out 8...so yeah, lots of walks and lots of strikeouts. The Braves only got 6 hits on the evening, and 3 were by Yunel Escobar, who also drove in 3 of the Braves 4 runs. If Chipper is going to be out for any extended period of time, Escobar is a guy that is going to need to heat up, because he'll be forced into hitting higher in the order, and the Braves just can't survive with another black hole in the lineup. Despite the lack of hits, only 2 Braves didn't reach base last night...Nate McLouth (big shock), and Jason Heyward, who struck out 5 times. The hyperbole around Heyward has noticeably slowed down recently, with good regard....he's only 20 years old people, he's not going to be doing the baseball equivalent of curing cancer in every at bat. Calling him one of the elite players in baseball, or unstoppable, or anything like that, 2 months into his major league career...come on. I wonder if anyone is crucifying him lately...I've stayed away from Twitter and the blogs, because I'm not in the mood for a headache this morning. The Braves return this evening in LA with another one of those fantastic 10 PM start times...Tommy Hanson and Chad Billingsley, in one hell of a pitching matchup. The Phillies won last night, so the Braves lead is down to 2 games...the Braves are also half a game behind the Padres for the best record in the NL. Unreal.
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