Braves 11 (15-18), Brewers 3 (15-18)
WP: Hudson (3-1)
LP: Bush (1-3)
Hey look, that offense thing showed up again...whats going on here? The cure to what ails the Braves is apparently the pitching staff of the Milwaukee Brewers. Atlanta threw up an 11 spot tonight and pounded the holy hell out of the Brewers. Quite frankly, it wasn't even in doubt. Every Braves starter had at least one hit. The major bashers? Yeah, Eric Hinske was starting in left field and had himself a night, going 2 for 2 with a pair of doubles, 3 RBI, and 2 walks. I'm not used to a left fielder reaching base 4 times in a game...I am used to a right fielder doing that, and Jason Heyward was there to fill that role, going 2 for 4 with 3 runs, an RBI, and 2 walks in his return to the lineup. Finally, how about Troy Glaus? The big man is heating up at the most opportune time. After some slick stretches over at first base in the early innings (mostly due to terrible throws that he somehow corralled), Glaus would contribute at the plate as well, going 2 for 5 with 3 RBI and a mammoth solo homer in the 6th that really opened the floodgates for the 9 runs the Braves would score over the final 4 innings. Oh sweet offense...how I missed thee. Brian McCann had a couple of hits and scored 3 times to snap out of his funk a little bit, and Brooks Conrad, getting an emergency start at third in place of Chipper Jones and his sore groin, had a pair of hits including a homer of his own. I guess THAT'S why he made the team.
Lets talk pitching now. Tim Hudson...wasn't sharp. He got a quality start, only allowing a single run in 6 innings. Buuuuut...he allowed 6 hits (good), struck out 1 (bad), and walked 6 (really bad). He's back to having more walks than strikeouts on the season, but yet, he's got as many quality starts as Roy Halladay and Chris Carpenter. Yeah...its not a great "stat", but whatever, its fun to quote sometimes to rile up the masses. Eric O'Flaherty allowed a run in the 7th that Peter Moylan allowed to score...Moylan didn't look sharp at all. 3 hits and a run allowed in 2/3 of an inning. At least he had his mini-meltdown in a blowout. Takashi Saito and Jonny Venters pitched the final 2 innings and didn't break a sweat in the process. I am a fan of this. The bullpen situation is really interesting at the moment, and its looking more and more like Jesse Chavez could be the odd man out when Jair Jurrjens is ready to come off the DL...he's been the worst member of the bullpen, and while he hasn't been the team's worst pitcher, he's not a multimillionaire. So he looks like the most logical choice to get deported to Gwinnett, especially with how effective Craig Kimbrel has been this season.
The Braves look for the sweep tomorrow, which would be their second straight against a NL Central foe. The problem? Derek Lowe is pitching, against Yovani Gallardo. Welp, a 2 game winning streak is fun...I'll take that into tomorrow with a smile on my face.