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Game Recap: 9/01/11

Written by Jake Humphrey on .


WP: Hudson

LP: Wang

SV: Kimbrel

Wow, the Braves were finally able to take a series from the Nationals. And not only that, but Heyward got to start! So before we even get into what happened in the game we ought to be happy.

Brian McCann got the game started off right for the Braves with a solo homer, his 23rd, in the bottom of the first off Nationals starter Chien-Ming Wang (it's players with names like that, that make me miss Skip more than ever but more on that later). Chipper added a homer of his own, his fifteenth of the year, in the seccond inning. Hinske drove in a run in the fourth to give the Braves a 3-0 lead.

The Nationals got on the board in the top of the sixth with Jayson Werth absolutely DESTROYED an 0-2 pitch from Hudson. The Braves responded in the bottom half when Alex Gonzalez singled in Dan Uggla, who had doubled to lead off the side, and to steak the Braves back to a three-run lead.

To this point of the game, everything seemed to be going fairly well according to plan. Hudson pitched six strong innings, and while he was somewhat miffed at being pulled out after only six innings, O'Flaherty did his job in the seventh and the ball was predictably handed to Jonny Venters for the eighth inning. Venters just didn't have his best stuff tonight, eventually loading the bases and giving up a run on a E5. Thankfully he was able to compose himself and get out of the inning without any further harm, but that's not the kind of outing you like to see from your set-up man.

The Braves added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth after Jason Heyward(!) tripled and Gonzalez drove him in with a sac fly. Heyward was 2-4 tonight and I don't think I need to tell anyone how important it is to get him going before the playoffs. Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth to earn his 42nd save of the year.

Every Braves starter in the game recorded a hit except for the now-cold Jose Constanza who was for some reason hitting second. Uggla went 1-2 with a double and two walks. Hudson pitched a good six innings, striking out five to two walks, and surrendering only one run on five hits.

But as I alluded to earlier, facing a pitcher named "Wang" really makes me miss Skip Caray. He and Pete Van Wieren were the voices of my childhood, as I'm sure they were for most of you readers as well. Those two, as well as the recently-deceased Ernie Johnson, Sr., were the voice of our Atlanta Braves for well over thirty years. We can honor the memory of Skip and Ernie, as well as the career of Pete, by voting for them for the Ford C. Frick Award, which is given out anually to a active or retired broadcaster by the Baseball Hall of Fame. Fans can vote on the Frick Award at http://www.facebook.com/baseballhall.
2 comments
congtysangoviet1
congtysangoviet1

Brian McCann got the game started off right for the Braves with a solo homer, his 23rd, in the bottom of the first off sàn gỗ tự nhiên giá bao nhiêu Nationals starter Chien-Ming Wang (it's players with names like that, that make me miss Skip more than ever but more on that later). Chipper added a homer of his own, his fifteenth of the year, in the seccond inning. Hinske drove in a run in the fourth to give the Braves a 3-0 lead.


The Nationals got on the board in the top of the sixth with Jayson Werth absolutely DESTROYED an 0-2 pitch from Hudson. The Braves http://bit.ly/cach-chua-benh-tri-nhanh-nhat responded in the bottom half when Alex Gonzalez singled in Dan Uggla, who had doubled to lead off the side, and to steak the Braves back to a three-run lead.

bravesbanter
bravesbanter

I feel safe in saying that if Jason Heyward has fixed his swing and is being put into the lineup everyday that the Braves have the best offense in the National Leauge and in the top four in the MLB. Agree or Disagree?


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