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Game Recap - 10/3/10

Written by Joe Lucia on .

Braves 8  (91-71), Phillies 7 (97-65) WP: Hudson (17-9) LP: Baez (3-4) SV: Wagner (37) What a game. What an amazing, emotional game. The Braves were fighting for their playoff lives, and the bats finally woke up today. Tim Hudson pitched great, only making 2 mistakes on the day. In his 7 innings, Hudson allowed 4 runs on only a pair of hits: both 2 run homers. He walked 1 and struck out 3. Jonny Venters allowed a pair of unearned runs in the 8th, inexplicably coming into the game AGAIN after pitching into a second inning of work last night, due to a ball that went right through Omar Infante's legs. Billy Wagner relieved Venters for his first multiple inning of the year, allowing those 2 inherited runners to score, along with one of his own. He got out of the inning with a strikeout and an 8-7 lead. Wagner struck out all 3 Phillies he'd face in the 9th to pick up the save and extend the Braves season for at least another day. Thankfully for the Braves today, the offense showed up. Jason Heyward tripled in Rick Ankiel in the third inning to put the first run of the day on the board, and the Braves would get more in the 4th. After a Brian McCann flyout started the inning, the Braves got 3 straight singles, the last of which was by Brooks Conrad to tie the game at 2. Ankiel would strike out, bringing up Hudson with men on the corners. Naturally, he dropped one into center field to make it a 3-2 game. Omar Infante shot one into right to bring in Conrad and Hudson and make it a 5-2 game. Hooray offense! But that wouldn't be all. 5th inning comes along, and Derrek Lee hits a MAMMOTH homer into deep left center field. 6-2. Back to back singles by McCann and Matt Diaz put 2 on, and what essentially became a sac bunt for Alex Gonzalez moved them to 2nd and 3rd for Conrad. He singled into right to bring in McCann, but Diaz was thrown out at the plate after the throw was mishandled by Ryan Howard. The Braves got one more in the 6th, when Diaz singled in Heyward...that one would eventually be the difference in the game. Every Braves starter had a hit, and every starter except Infante scored a run. Infante had a triple and a single, Heyward tripled, singled, and walked, Lee homered and walked twice, McCann singled and walked, Diaz had 3 singles, Conrad had a pair of singles and RBI, and Ankiel walked twice and singled. Phew. The team went 6 for 18 with runners in scoring position, and stranded 10. Man...nights when you score 8 and strand 10. Could have been so much more... With the win, the Braves season will continue for at least one more game. The Giants and Padres are currently battling in San Francisco, with no score in the bottom of the 3rd inning. If the Giants win, the Braves are the NL wild card winners and will be heading to San Francisco. If the Padres win, we fall into PLAYOFF CHAOS, with the Giants and Padres playing a tiebreaker Monday in San Diego, and the loser playing the Braves on Tuesday in Atlanta. Pretty crazy times. This afternoon, we are ALL Giants fans. Once that game ends, I'll have a post up detailing just what the hell will be going on for the Braves this week.

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