Game 102 Recap: Braves 6, Marlins 3

Ahhhgh. That's the sound of a big sigh of relief, after a game in which it looked like the Braves wouldn't have enough to hold off the Marlins. But the Brian McCann show made a game of it. McCann broke out of his mini-slump early in the game with two doubles, but the big shot was in top of the tenth inning when he blasted a 3-run homerun to give the Braves the lead and the eventual win.

Starting pitcher Javier Vazquez had another brilliant start for which he will get another no-decision. He pitched into the eighth allowing only one-run through seven, then surrendering a homerun to the leadoff hitter in the eighth. Mike Gonzalez then came on and things got a bit stinky... again. His control was once again suspect -- walking one and allowing two hits. One of the hits, the one that tied the game, was an infield dribbler that Chipper couldn't do anything with. Gonzalez was visably miffed coming off the field -- you better believe that he's as hard on himself as any of us are on him.

It ocurred to me that the 2009 Mike Gonzalez is to Javier Vazquez as the 2007 Bob Wickman was to Tim Hudson. It seems like Gonzo blows half of Javy's starts.

The Braves batters struck out 15 times on the night. Vazquez K'ed 8, and after a mysterious non-cover of first by Kotchman that allowed a lead-off single, Rafael Soriano sturck out the side in the ninth.

Greg Norton struck out swinging in the ninth. I repeat, "he cannot catch up to even average fastballs." He should follow Jeff Bennett out the door.

Martin Prado was scratched before the game after being hit in the leg during batting practice. Yunel Escobar was removed in the second inning after being hit by a pitch. The new double-play combination of Diory Hernandez and Kelly Johnson was a bit suspect in the ninth inning.

McCann came up big with that homerun after they walked Chipper Jones. The more Mac does that, the better the pitches that Chipper will get to hit and his production may go up.

Final - 7.30.2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Atlanta Braves 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 6 5 0
Florida Marlins 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 3 9 0
WP: Peter Moylan (3 - 2)
SV: Rafael Soriano (15)
LP: Luis Ayala (0 - 1)

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