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Game Recap - 9/19/10

Written by Joe Lucia on .

Braves 6 (86-64), Mets 3 (74-76) WP: Lowe (14-12) LP: Dickey (11-7) SV: Kimbrel (1) Derek Lowe wasn't as great as he had been his previous 2 starts...and it didn't look like he was going to be great at all, after allowing a 2 run homer to David Wright in the first inning that just kept going, and going, and going until it fell over the fence. But after that first inning, Lowe settled in, allowed 3 baserunners over the rest of the game, and got a victory. The sinker was working really well...14 ground ball outs! Wright's homer was the only extra base hit the Mets got. So pretty much...after that first inning, the Mets never seriously threatened against Lowe. Thank god for that. The bullpen was spotty: each member allowed a hit, and Eric O'Flaherty allowed a run. But O'Flaherty and Jonny Venters each got double plays, and Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the 9th to pick up his first career save in an audition for next season. Kimbrel has been lights out since his recall from Gwinnett...in 6 innings, he's allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 14. In 6 innings. Thats just nasty. The Braves offense...it was looking like one of those days again. They manufactured a run in the second after a walk, ground out, passed ball, and RBI single by Alex Gonzalez brought in Brian McCann. The third inning was ripe for more runs, as Lowe led off with a double. Omar Infante singled him to third to put men on the corners with none out...and Jason Heyward grounded into a double play that didn't bring the run in. Lowe would die at third. 4th inning, McCann led off with a single, and was erased on a Derrek Lee DP. 5th inning, Rick Ankiel led off with a double...and was thrown out trying to stretch at third. Infante and Heyward would reach with 2 outs, and die on the corners. The Braves would finally tie it in the sixth...Lee doubled and moved to third on a ground out. He'd score on a Gonzalez seeing eye single that squirted just under the glove of Jose Reyes. Tie game going into the 7th...and then the offense finally exploded. Melky Cabrera, pinch hitting for Lowe, blooped a single down the left field line that probably could have been two. Infante singled to put 2 on, and Heyward essentially bunted them over with a dribbler groundout to the mound. Martin Prado was walked to load the bases for Brian McCann...who hit a weak flare to second base for the second out. That brought up Lee, who drilled a 3-2 Manny Acosta pitch into the second deck in left center field. 6-2 Braves, and that was all they needed. Infante and McCann both singled twice and walked, Heyward and Nate McLouth reached twice, Lee had 2 extra base hits and 4 RBI, and Gonzalez had 2 hits and 2 RBI. Wasn't perfect..but got the job done. The Phillies are currently losing 6-3 to the Nationals in the bottom of the 8th...a Nats win would cut the lead in the east to 2 games. The Giants are up 4-0 after the first against the Dodgers. The Rockies and Dodgers are scoreless in the first, but Colorado has the bases loaded. Big games all around that we'll all be keeping an eye on. The most important series of the season starts tomorrow in Philadelphia. Game 1 will feature Cole Hamels vs the struggling Jair Jurrjens. Hamels has allowed 1 run total in his last 4 starts (28 2/3 innings). Jurrjens has allowed 11 in his last 8 2/3 innings. That...is not good. Advantage: Philly. Here's hoping JJ will pitch the game of his life.
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