Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Yep, Redman still sucks but the Braves pull out the win.

It was a known fact that the out come to Tuesday night's game between the Atlanta Braves and the Florida Marlins partly, well no, all because of the pitching match-up. The Marlins had Rick Vanden Hurk, a 21-year old rookie who has never pitched above single A before having to come up due to injuries and the Braves had Mark Redman, a shitty pitcher that makes Tim Wakefield look like Joel "103" Zumaya. We would be better off using a tee as our 5th starter, we'd probably give up less runs. Vanden Hurk failed to get out of the 2nd inning and Redman was finally pulled in the 4th, and at the time the score was 6-6.

The offense started early for both teams, the Braves jumped out to a 4-0 lead thanks to an Andruw Jones RBI single that scored Kelly Johnson, a Jeff Francoeur RBI double and a Scott Thorman 2-run single. Later in the second inning, Brian McCann walked in a run and then Francoeur chipped in with an RBI single. Our other runs came in the 6th inning when Brian McCann hit a sacrifice fly that scored Johnson and in the ninth when Pete Orr of all people knocked in two runs on a single, Kelly Johnson and Edgar Renteria also chipped in with back-to-back RBI singles. For the Marlins almost all of their offense came from their resident "Brave Killer", the commander, Cody Ross. Ross hit a three-run homerun in the first inning and later in the third inning he hit a 2-run double off the top of the wall. Ross accounted for 5 of the Marlins 6 runs.

"I turned to [umpire] Tim McClelland and said, `This could be 36-36 after nine innings,"' Francoeur said.

The big story of this game was the Braves' bullpen. The Bullpen went a total of 6 innings, giving up just 2 hits and no runs. They also walked just one batter while striking out seven. In fact, Tyler "Kali" Yates needed just 9 pitches to finish off a scoreless 7th inning. The "Thunder from Down Under", Peter Moylan, was great. His submarine pitching style was good enough to hold the Marlins to three scoreless innings, three strike outs, just one walk and only one hit. Moylan also lowered his ERA to a respectable 3.86 while getting his first career Major League win.

"The 'pen has been excellent all year long," manager Bobby Cox said. "We're going through too many pitchers right now, so I've got to piece the game together and still try to win."

The next Braves' game is tonight at 7:05 PM ET against the Florida Marlins. We have our Ace going, Tim Hudson and the Marlins have one of their many talented youngsters, Scott Olsen, going. I like our odds.

WP: Peter Moylan(1-0)
LP: Matt Lindstrom(0-1)

HR: FLA- Cody Ross(3)

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