Friday, May 04, 2007

Live Blog, Los Angeles Dodgers @ Atlanta Braves

Top of the 9th inning- Soriano is amazing, he hit 100 MPH on the radar and was constantly hitting 97-98. He sit them down 1-2-3, although Furcal had a deep ball hit to left center that Andruw ran down, it seemed like he ran forever. Great win, Braves win 4-0 and improve to 18-10.

Bottom of the 8th inning- Rudy Seanez relieved Chad Billingsley. Harris singled, Pete Orr came in to hit for Gonzalez and got a infield single thanks to pure hustling, he slid into first to beat the tag. But then Johnson grounded into a double-play and then Renty grounded out to third. Braves lead 4-0 going into the 9th.

Top of the 8th inning- Mike Gonzalez relieved Smoltz, who had an outstanding game. Gonzo got the other Gonzo(the Louis version) to ground out to second, after that he gave up back-to-back singles and then struck out Saenz and then got Martinez to ground out to third.

Bottom of the 7th inning- Billingsley had a pretty easy inning, he struck out Andruw swinging, walked McCann, who was later tagged out at second on a fielder's choice by Francoeur and finally Thor flew out to deep left field.

Top of the 7th inning- Smoltz with another easy inning, he struck out Valdez, Furcal grounded out to second, Juan Pierre singled and Nomar grounded out to Smoltz.

Bottom of the 6th inning- Chad Billingsley relieved Beimel and Wilson Valdez took over at third for Betemit. Willie Harris singled and then advanced to second on Smoltz's sacrifice bunt, Kelly Johnson walked(for the 27th time this season) and then Renteria flied out to right. Chipper flew out about as far as you can hit it without it going out, and the Braves still lead 4-0.

Top of the 6th inning- Smoltz walked two batters but it resulted in nothing as he struck out Betemit and got Martinez to pop up to second. And before both of them he got Martin to fly out to right.

Bottom of the 5th inning- Big inning for Atlanta, Johnson led off with a walk, Renteria struck out(first time in 41 at-bats), Chipper hit into a fielder's choice, Andruw walked, McCann walked and Frenchy capitalized with our 70th and 71st 2-out RBIs with a bloop 2-run double. Tomko was then relieved by Joe Beimel who promptly struck out Thorman to end the inning. Braves now lead 4-0.

Top of the 5th inning- Smoltz is still cruising, he did give up a single to Furcal, but struck out Tomko, threw Pierre out at 1st as he was attempting to bunt and Nomar popped out to right field.

Bottom of the 4th inning- Tomko sits them down 1-2-3 and he literally sat down to make an out, Willie Harris, who robbed them of at least tying the game just minutes ago, hit a come backer to Tomko, and willing falling down, he reaches out grabs it and throws it while sitting down to get Harris, who is really fast. The Braves still lead 2-0.

Top of the 4th inning- YES! Smoltz gave up three straight hits to start the inning, so the bases were loaded with no one out and Smoltz got a pop up to short, a strike out and Willie Harris made a great running catch that saved at least two runs. YES!

Bottom of the 3rd inning- Braves leave two guys stranded, Chipper, who walked again and McCann who singled. Renteria grounded out the short, Andruw popped out to third and Francoeur grounded out to short also.

Top of the 3rd inning- Smoltz with another three up, three down inning. Tomko struck out swinging, Furcal flew out to left field and Pierre lined out to Renteria.

Bottom of the 2nd inning- Tomko settled down in the second, striking out Harris, getting Smoltz to ground out to short, he did give up a single up the middle to Johnson but KJ was thrown out at second trying to steal. I think he was safe, but that's just me being biased.

Top of the 2nd inning- Things go relatively easy for Smoltz again, Gonzalez led off with a single to right field and then he was forced out at second on Russell Martin's infield hit. Russell then advanced to second while Either went to first on Brian McCann's catcher interference call. But no damage done as Betemit struck out swinging and Martinez grounded out to second.

Bottom of the 1st inning- The Braves jumped on Tomko early, with a Renteria single, a Chipper walk and a Brian McCann 2-run double followed by a Francoeur walk. The inning ended when Thorman flew out to Pierre on the warning track.

Top of the 1st inning- Smoltz breezes through the first inning, getting them 1-2-3. Both Furcal
and Pierre grounded out the second and Nomar hit a lazy fly to center.

Starting Lineups:

Los Angeles

1. Rafael Furcal ss
2. Juan Pierre cf
3. Nomar Garciaparra 1b
4. Louis Gonzalez lf
5. Russell Martin c
6. Andre Ethier rf
7. Wilson Betemit 3b
8. Ramon Martinez 2b
9. Brett Tomko p


1. Kelly Johnson 2b
2. Edgar Renteria ss
3. Chipper Jones 3b
4. Andruw Jones cf
5. Brian McCann c
6. Jeff Francoeur rf
7. Scott Thorman 1b
8. Willie Harris lf
9. John Smoltz p

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