After sweeping in Milwaukee Atlanta came home to take two out of three from the Arizona Diamondback. Now winners of their last 5 out of 6 games Atlanta seems to have risen from the dead. The Braves still remain 5 games behind the NL-East leading Phillies. Other than game 2′s loss Atlanta played with a lot of fire, desire, and urgency. When this team clicks they are among the best in baseball.
Game 1 was the result of yet another Arizona bullpen meltdown. Martin Prado hit a walk off single in the bottom of the 9th to win it. Prado had a gigantic series for Atlanta by contributing 6 hits, and 6 RBI’s including 2 home runs. Prado’s average has now improved to .323. For the first time all season Atlanta proved that they could come from behind to win a ball game. Atlanta trailed by 4 runs up until the 7th inning when both Brian McCann, and Nate McLouth added home runs to tie the game. Other offense was provided by Omar Infante’s 4 hit evening. Everyone knows that Yunel Escobar is Atlanta’s short stop, but the numbers don’t lie. Infante has been brilliant in the field, and is hitting a whopping .313 compared to Escobars anemic .213 average. I am a numbers kind of guy so Omar has my vote unless Escobar can somehow redeem himself. Kenshin Kawakami has yet another disappointing outing by surrendering 4 runs on 5 hits. Kawakami (0-6) got the no decision due to Atlanta’s come from behind 6-5 win.
Game 2 was a complete meltdown for Atlanta. Tommy Hanson (3-3) gave up 5 runs on 7 hits in one of his worst outings of the season statistically speaking. For most of the night Hanson looked to over power most of the Arizona hitters, but Atlanta’s offense was non existent. The Braves bullpen also imploded giving up another 6 tuns to close out the game. The Braves went on to lose game 2 by a final score of 11-1.
After game 2′s blow out loss Atlanta brought a whooping of their own. The resurgent Braves banged out 13 runs on 14 hits. Not to be outdone, the Braves pitching staff was on point led by a masterful Tim Hudson performance. Hudson went 8 strong innings only allowing 1 run on 3 hits. Hudson has now improved his record to (4-1), and has proved to be Altanta’s clear cut ace. Eric Hinske is starting to prove that he belongs as an everyday left fielder. Hinske blasted a 3 run homer to spark the Braves attack. Martin Prado had the biggest night statistically by going 4-6 with a pair of home runs.
Atlanta starts a short 2 game series against the rival Met’s tomorrow night, and Tuesday. On the bump for the Braves is Derek Lowe (5-3) and Kris Medlen (1-1) in game 2. It is imperative that Atlanta finishes the final 4 games of their home stand with a winning record to get back in the NL East picture.
About the Author
Written by Bill Furey
My name is Bill Furey, and I am from Chelmsford, Massachusetts. I am 25 years old, and a complete baseball guru. This will be my first year blogging for major league baseball, and I am really looking forward to both voicing my opinion as well as covering games. As a former 3rd basemen for the University of Massachusetts-Lowell I got the amazing opportunity to compete, admire, and most importantly learn from some of the most talented players, and coaches this great game has to offer. Growing up in New England I have always been a die hard fan of the Sox, Pats, Celts, and Bruins. My love, understanding, and respect for the game of baseball takes major precedent in my life. I currently coach one of Massachusetts best 13 year old baseball teams. Teaching the game of baseball to young talented players is something I truly look forward to every time I take the field. The relationships I built from this wonderful game are better than any home run, stolen base, or any winning season. Baseball has given me life lessons I couldn't have learned anywhere else in the world. A baseball quote that best describes my passion for the game is this: "You see, you spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball, and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time." Jim Bouton, Ball Four, 1970. I look forward to covering the Atlanta Braves this season, and getting some great feedback from my followers. Play ball.