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Atlanta Takes a Pair from Pittsburgh

Posted By Bill Furey On May 24 2010 @ 6:31 pm In Atlanta Braves | No Comments

Momentum has carried the Braves back to within 3.5 games of the NL-East leading Phillies, and 2nd place in the division. Atlanta took 2 out of 3 games this weekend from the struggling Pittsburgh Pirates to continue their winning ways. The team is really starting to click at the right time. The pitching, fielding, and timely hitting as done a complete 180 compared to play early this month.

Game 1 proved to be a statement for the rest of the series as the Braves went on to win the game 7-0. Atlanta’s ace Tim Hudson (5-1) continues to prove time, and time again that he isn’t just back from Tommy John surgery,  he is better. Hudson only have up 3 hits in his 8 inning masterpiece. That combined with Jason Heyward lighting up PNC park with 3 hits including a home run, double, and 3 RBI’s was all Atlanta needed to out class the Pirates. Am I excited about Hudson, and Heywards performace? Yes I am. However I am still concerned about a few players in Atlanta’s everyday lineup. Nate McLouth, Melky Cabrera, and Yunel Escobar continue to struggling by all hitting below, or just above the Mendoza line (.200). You can’t expect the same guys to produce every night, but they have done a nice job carrying the team thus far.

Derek Lowe (6-4) continued his dominance over the Pirates by extending his career record to (8-0) lifetime against them. Lowe got the credit for the win, but the game was all about Atlanta’s bullpen. Lowe went 5 innings, walking 4 batters, and allowed 5 hits. Moylan, O’flaherty, Saito, and Wagner combined to finish the game off by allowing no runs the rest of the way. Melky Cabrera hit his first home run as a Brave in the 2nd inning to give Atlanta a 1-0 lead. Eric Hinske is now hitting a whopping .358 on the season including his 3rd home run of the season in the 3rd inning of the game. Hinske is surely making his case to be an everyday outfielder for the this club, and what a strong case he is making.  Atlanta went on to steal this game by a final score of 4-2.

Atlanta found themselves on the wrong side of a walk off performance in game 3. Pittsburghs Ryan Doumit homered with 2 outs in the 10th inning off of Takashi Saito to avoid the sweep. Kris Medlen went 5.2 innings in a decent outing only giving up 2 earned runs.

The goal for Atlanta is simple. Win every series, and lately they have being doing just that. The Braves head to Miami Tuesday to start a 3 games series with the fish before returning home to rematch the Pirates. Kenshin Kawakami (0-6) looks to notch his first victory of the season Tuesday night in South Beach.

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