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Game Recap - 8/31/11

Written by Joe Lucia on .

Braves 3, Nationals 1

WP: Lowe (9-12)
LP: Lannan (8-11)
SV: Kimbrel (41)

Let's get the good stuff out of the way first: with his 41st save tonight, Craig Kimbrel set a new rookie record for saves, breaking Neftali Feliz's record of 40 last year. And to think, he's still got a month to tack onto that total. Could 50 be in sight?

Anyway, the game. This was a real solid win. Derek Lowe turned in a shockingly great start. He held the Nats to two hits (both by Ian Desmond) through six innings while walking two and striking out six. Then he came out to start the seventh, allowed a homer to Michael Morse, and was pulled to a great ovation. The three horsemen of the apocalypse then set down the next nine Nationals hitters in a row on just 35 pitches, striking out three in the process. I love six inning games. 

The offense for the Braves came in short bursts. The scoring started in the second with a Chipper Jones solo homer, the 450th of his career. I'd love it if he stuck around long enough to get 500, but I doubt it'll happen. He's got 14 this year and will probably finish at 18 or so...he'd need two plus years of that kind of production to hit the magic milestone, and I don't think he's got that much left in the tank. The Braves got more scoring in the third, when Lowe of all people lined his first career homer over the left field wall. The third run was tacked on later in the inning when Dan Uggla drove in Martin Prado on an infield single. In Matt Diaz's re-debut with the team, he was up to his old tricks again, scoring two bloop hits and seeing just seven pitches in three at bats. Some things never change. Freddie Freeman also had a pair of hits despite inexplicably hitting in the seventh spot of the order. Shockingly, the top three hitters (Bourn-Prado-McCann) went 0/11 with a walk. It's pretty encouraging when they struggle and get picked up by the lower half of the order.

The Braves look to clinch a .500 record for the season and pick up their 81st win of the year tomorrow against the Nationals. The pitching matchup is a favorable one for the Braves: Tim Hudson versus Chien Ming Wang. First pitch is at 7:05. I will *not* be watching the game live, because I will be at the Nationals AA game in Harrisburg to see Stephen Strasburg make his final rehab start. The game would have been perfect if Harrisburg lost or Bowie won tonight, because they would be in a position to clinch the division title...but the Senators clinched tonight with a 2-1 win over Portland. Oh well, it'll still be a great time.

Also, I'm going to look to get some meaningful content of some sort up tomorrow. No idea WHAT...but it'll be here, so look for that. 
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congtysangoviet1

The offense for the Braves came in short bursts. The scoring started in the second with a Chipper Jones giá 1m2 sàn gỗ tự nhiên solo homer, the 450th of his career. I'd love it if he stuck around long enough to get 500, but I doubt it'll happen. He's got 14 this year and will probably finish at 18 or so...he'd need two plus years of that kind of production to hit the magic milestone, and I don't think he's got that much left in the tank. The Braves got more scoring in the third, when Lowe of all people lined his first career homer over the left field wall. The third run was tacked on later in the inning when Dan Uggla drove in Martin Prado on an infield single. In Matt Diaz's re-debut with the team, he was up to his old tricks again, scoring two bloop hits and seeing just seven pitches in three at bats. Some things never change. Freddie Freeman also http://bit.ly/cach-chua-benh-tri-nhanh-nhat had a pair of hits despite inexplicably hitting in the seventh spot of the order. Shockingly, the top three hitters (Bourn-Prado-McCann) went 0/11 with a walk. It's pretty encouraging when they struggle and get picked up by the lower half of the order.


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