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Game Recap - 5/18/10

Written by Joe Lucia on .

Braves 3 (19-20), Mets 2 (19-21) WP: Wagner (3-0) LP: Feliciano (1-2) Look at that...the Braves won a game started by Johan Santana. I'll take that outcome 10 times out of 10. Santana was quite sharp for the Mets, only allowing runs in the 3rd inning courtesy of a 2 run homer by Troy Glaus. Glaus was one of 3 Braves who were able to reach base multiple times, adding a walk to his 6th homer of the season. Brian McCann showed signs of breaking out with a pair of singles (including one to lead off th 9th inning off of Pedro Feliciano), while Yunel Escobar walked and singled...he's a guy that really needs to get going, because the team simply cannot thrive with him struggling in the 7 hole. The 9th inning for the Braves was a total mess...but it worked out in the team's favor. McCann singled as I mentioned, and was pinch run for with Brent Clevlen. A sac bunt was called with Yunel Escobar...but he was walked. Then the inimitable Melky Cabrera came up, and again, a sac bunt was called. Melky of course could not get it down, and instead hit a chopper to David Wright...who threw the ball up the right field line, allowing Clevlen to score the game winning run. Its a sweet victory after last night's disappointment, thats for sure. I was a little skeptical about letting Cabrera hit in the 9th instead of pinch hitting with Eric Hinske, but the Braves had already run the bench pretty dry...if the game went to extras, the only man left would have been Brooks Conrad, due to McCann getting pinch run for. Can't really blame Bobby Cox for any of the 9th inning playcalling...he was ejected the inning before. Shocking... I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Kris Medlen's start tonight. In a word, it was fantastic. Medlen allowed a pair of runs in 6 1/3 innings, both off solo homers. He struck out 6 and walked only 2. He also paced himself well, only needing 90 pitches to get those 19 outs. I think Medlen is really doing enough to keep his slot in the rotation once Jair Jurrjens returns from his hamstring strain. It would be inane to pull him from the rotation with the way he's pitched this season, both in relief and in a starting role. Jurrjens will still be out for a little while, so it will give Medlen a chance to either solidify his spot, or to throw it away. Kenshin Kawakami, you're officially ON NOTICE. The bullpen was stellar as usual. 7 out, 3 strikeouts, 1 hit. Peter Moylan only needed 2 pitches to get a double play to get out of the 7th inning jam that Medlen created. The dynamic duo of Takashi Saito and Billy Wagner did what they do in the 8th and 9th to keep the door firmly closed. Wagner was really gassing it up in the 9th too. Ironic: Wagner has 3 wins and 4 saves. Helping your fantasy team in several ways! The Reds come to Atlanta for a pair tomorrow and Thursday. The aforementioned Kenshin Kawakami starts Wednesday, taking on the chronically underachieving Aaron Harang, while on Thursday, its a battle of young studs with Tommy Hanson going for the Braves against Reds rookie Mike Leake.

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