Game 84 Recap: Braves 4, Cubs 1

Enjoy it while it lasts, because the Braves are on the uphill slope of their season-long roller coaster. After losing two of three to the Nationals, and the first game of the series at Wrigley against the Cubs, they came back behind stellar pitching to take the last two games and win the series.

Kenshin Kawakami continued his run of great starts (save for the last one) by holding the Cubs to just one run (a sixth inning homerun by fellow countryman Kosuke Fukudome) on 4 hits and 2 walks. The bullpen troika of Peter Moylan, Mike Gonzalez, and Rafael Soriano finished out the game by allowing just 2 more Cubs baserunners. It was the second straight game that Braves pitchers have held the Cubs to 1 run.

The top of the lineup duo of Nate McLouth and Martin Prado stayed hot as they scored 3 of the Braves 4 runs. Prado was on base 4 times, with 2 singles and 2 walks. Casey Kotchman added the Braves second run with a sixth inning homerun.

Brian McCann pulled his best Jeff Francoeur imitation by going 0-for-5 with a strikeout and 4 LOB. As for Francoeur, he stayed true to form by going 0-for-4 with a strikeout and 3 LOB.

Let's enjoy this win, and this series win, and let's hope the Braves can take the momentum into Colorado and win that series to finish up the first half of the season.


Final - 7.8.2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta Braves 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 4 4 0
Chicago Cubs 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 6 2

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