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Game Recap - 6/5/10

Written by Joe Lucia on .

Braves 9 (33-23), Dodgers 3 (32-24) WP: Hanson (6-3) LP: Billingsley (6-3) For 6 innings, the Braves played some just straight up bad offensive baseball. 3 hits in those first 6 innings is embarrassing. And then...the 7th inning came along. The Braves proceeded to bang out 7 hits and score 7 times, capped by a 2 run Troy Glaus homer giving him the NL RBI lead once again. The Braves would score 2 more in the 8th to increase their run total for the evening to 9. The offense is starting to click on all cylinders. This isn't like earlier in the season, where only the top third of the lineup was doing damage. Omar Infante, Brian McCann, and Yunel Escobar all reached base 3 times. Hell, the only Brave starters not to reach base multiple times were Eric Hinske and Glaus. McCann was the big bopper tonight though, with 4 RBI...he's a guy that needs to start going, and tonight was a nice step in the right direction. And how about Escobar? He's got no power, but his average is now up to .245, and he's 14 for his last 27. Thats a nice way to get yourself back in the good graces of the fans. Nate McLouth, take note. On the pitching side of the coin, it was another iffy start for Tommy Hanson that got the job done. Hanson started off VERY slowly, allowing 2 runs in the first 3 innings due in part to 7 Dodger hits. The first run of the night was driven in by pitcher Chad Billingsley, in fact. But then over his final 3 innings, Hanson worked his way into a groove, only allowing 1 hit and a walk in those 3 innings and striking out 4 Dodgers. For the evening, he only allowed those 2 runs, walking 2 and striking out 6. I'll take it. The bullpen got 9 outs, and 7 of them came via strikeout: 2 from Jonny Venters, 2 from Peter Moylan, and 3 from Craig Kimbrel, just called back up to Atlanta after Takashi Saito was placed on the DL with a hamstring strain. Kimbrel allowed a run, though it was unearned due to a passed ball from McCann after a strikeout allowing the runner to reach base. And just to make Kimbrel feel good about himself...he struck out Manny Ramirez looking to end the game. That sounds like one heck of a thrill, doesn't it? The Braves look to win the series today with their 3rd win in 4 games. It'll be Tim Hudson against John Ely. Pitching advantage: Braves. Usual Sunday stuff will be up, IE the Weekly Prospect Report sometime this evening. Look for HOT or NOT and the series preview for Arizona tomorrow, since the game doesn't start until 9 PM...that gives me plenty of time to do it after work!

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