Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Braves can't complete the comeback, fall to the Marlins

The Florida Marlin's ace, Dontrelle Willis, was in a hurry to finish the game because he was about to become a father for the first time. Willis wasn't completely on his game like he usually is, for obvious reasons, but he was still good enough to beat, at the time, the NL East leading Atlanta Braves. Willis went 6 2/3 innings, 3 K's, 3 BB's and gave up 5 runs(all earned), he also went 2-4 from the plate including a triple. Brave's starter, Kyle Davies completely fell apart in the 5th inning, first giving up a 3-run homer to Miguel Olivo and then a 2-run shot by Dan Uggla, who has now hit 3 in the past two games.

"Even in the heat of battle, they understand the situation," Willis said. "They were like, 'Man, you're a tough guy to be out here tonight.' I was like, 'Nah, just stupid.'"

This was probably Davies worst outings of the season, as he was barely able to even throw a strike. He finished with throwing 90 pitches, 46 of which were balls. He also was only able to go 4 innings, 3 K's, 6 BB's and he gave up 5 runs(all earned). The Braves were quickly down 8-2, they had had to go to the bullpen early, and we started Chris Woodward. So things were not looking too good. But Peter Moylan and Mike Gonzalez both had scoreless outings and we made a comeback, a comeback that wasn't quite enough. In the 6th inning, Jeff Francoeur knocked Willis out of the game when he took him deep for his 4th homerun of the season. Frenchy had a huge game by the way, he went 4-5 with 4 RBI's and that solo HR off of Willis.

"It's good to know we kept fighting back," Francoeur said. "If we had one more inning, I think we would have won the ballgame."

In the 7th inning, Andruw Jones' sacrifice fly scored Woodward and cut the lead to four and then the lead was cut to just three when Jeff Francoeur singled and scored Edgar Renteria. In the 9th inning, Chipper Jones went deep for the 6th time this season and followed behind him were back-to-back doubles by Andruw and Frenchy cut the lead to one. Brian McCann pinched hit next, he didn't play to rest his bruised hand, he's expected to play tonight though, but he struck out on a 3-2 count to young lefty, Renyel Pinto, who picked up his second career save. The Met's sadly won last night and regained the top spot in NL East, but no worries, they'll lose tonight against the Rockies, hopefully.

WP: Dontrelle Willis(4-1)
LP: Kyle Davies(0-1)
SV: Renyel Pinto(1)

HR: ATL- Chipper Jones(6), Jeff Francoeur(4) FLA- Miguel Olivo(1), Dan Uggla(4)