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Game Recap - 9/9/10

Written by Joe Lucia on .

Cardinals 11 (73-65), Braves 4 (80-61) WP: Wainwright (18-10) LP: Jurrjens (7-5) The first inning was the only one that went right for the Braves. Jair Jurrjens set the Cardinals down 1-2-3 on 3 easy grounders in their end of the first inning, and in the bottom half, the Braves got 3 runs on 5 hits. Then...the wheels fell off. And the wagon ran into a wall. And caught on fire. And then exploded so that only a pile of ash was left. After that first inning, the Braves had 2 baserunners until the 9th inning, and the Cardinals scored 11 runs, 5 in the second. Jurrjens was horrible: 3 2/3 innings pitched, 10 hits, 7 runs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts, and a pair of moonshot homers. The bullpen was spotty, allowing 5 hits and 4 runs while walking only 1 and striking out 6 in their 5 1/3 innings on the evening. What I don't really understand is why Bobby decided to trot out 6 pitchers after Jurrjens had left, instead of just throwing Kenshin Kawakami in the game in the 4th inning and letting him eat some innings. Kawakami instead only pitched the 9th and threw 14 pitches. In the process, Cox burned through Kyle Farnsworth and Eric O'Flaherty, which is a stupid move in my mind. He also used Scott Proctor for the second day in a row. He got bombed as predicted, and won't be able to pitch tomorrow. So that's great. Worth noting: Craig Kimbrel got into a game for the first time since getting recalled. He struck out a pair of Cardinals in a perfect 13 pitch inning. So that's nice, at least. As for the Braves offense...after that 5 hit first inning, the Braves got 2 men to reach on Adam Wainwright. Both times, it was Nate McLouth who singled, and it was Omar Infante who grounded into a double play to erase him from the bases. You can't give a guy like Wainwright a second life. The Braves did, and it bit them in the ass. The team would add a useless run in the 9th that didn't matter. Bright spots: McLouth had a couple of hits coming off the bench in the late innings, and Derrek Lee homered in the first, his first as a Brave. Just an impotent offensive night, despite what the 4 runs on the scoreboard may say. Braves are now a game out in the NL East, and are a game and a half up in the wild card race. Has it come to this, really? Quoting the wild card standings? Depressing. Tomorrow, Chris Carpenter goes for the Cardinals, and rookie Mike Minor goes for the Braves. Here's hoping the team can put together a performance much better than the dismal showing put forth tonight.

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