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Game Recap - 5/25/10

Written by Joe Lucia on .

Marlins 6 (24-22), Braves 4 (23-22) WP: Sanchez (4-2) LP: Kawakami (0-7) I want to apologize for not getting a series preview up for this...just wasn't up to it today. After tonight's game, I'm even less up to writing this recap, but here we are. Kenshin Kawakami pitched...well, he gave the team he chance to win tonight. Kawakami put up a textbook quality start: 6 innings, 3 runs. Not great, not bad...just kinda there. It was his second straight quality start, and he continues his season-long streak of not winning anything. He's pitched substantially better lately...and the thing is, he's not overexerting himself and getting pulled when he's out of gas. He's only thrown 79 pitches in each of the last 2 starts...last week's start against the Reds was cut short due to the blister on his foot (ironically, I have one of right now...I can't imagine pitching with one), and I have no idea about tonight's start. Then after Kawakami was pulled, Jesse Chavez was put in the game since the core members of the bullpen are held together with bubble gum and scotch tape right now...Chavez proceeded to allow 3 runs before Cristhian Martinez put out the fire. The damage was done though...I don't think Mr Chavez is going to be in Atlanta much longer with the Chris Resop situation on the horizon in Gwinnett. Offensively, the Braves couldn't do squat...until the last 3 innings of course, where the exploits of Chavez essentially blew a comeback. In the 7th, the Braves loaded the bases on a walk, single and HBP...and Chipper laced a ball right at Jorge Cantu to end the inning. Eric Hinske mustered an infield single in the 8th, and pinch runner Gregor Blanco (more on him in a second) stole second...Yunel Escobar grounded out to end the inning. And finally, the 9th. Brooks Conrad and Martin Prado both reached (as they ALWAYS seem to do in these type of situations), and Jason Heyward (as he always seems to do in these types of situations) drove both of them it...6-4 game. Remember those 3 runs allowed by Chavez? Yeah. They hurt right about now. A couple of groundouts ended it. Lovely... The top 2 men in the order, Prado and Heyward, combined to go 5 for 9 with a run, 2 RBI, and a HBP. Its clear where most of the offense comes from on this team anymore. Nate McLouth, Escobar, and Troy Glaus all went 0 for 3 with a walk...great. Chipper put up the big 0 for 5, and Brian McCann had an RBI double in the 3rd. The bottom of the lineup has been a pile of suck lately. McLouth is 1 for his last 14, and Escobar is 3 for 35 since his return from the DL. Embarrassingly bad right there. Tommy Hanson and Nate Robertson tomorrow. Thank god, an advantageous pitching matchup! Another quick note...Brent Clevlen was placed on the DL with a toe injury, and Gregor Blanco was called up to replace him. Corresponding roster moves...Alex Romero up to Gwinnett, new signee and non-prospect Michael Daniel to Mississippi, and Travis Jones was sent down to Myrtle Beach. Catcher Benji Johnson was also released by Mississippi...I think these game recaps is where I'm going to take care of minor league transactions on a daily basis. Just seems easier that way instead of writing a 50 word post about a non-prospect where I have nothing insightful to add.
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