Thank the stars, a win! Why does it seem like ages since we last won a game? The Braves, behind Tommy Hanson, pulled off the game-2 victory over the Marlins. Atlanta scored all of their runs in the 4-run first and then hung on to beat Florida. Tommy Hanson held the Marlins scoreless and hitless through four innings, then ran into some 2-out trouble in the fifth. He battled through that and went on to toss a scoreless sixth and seventh -- to me, that was a real sign of maturity, to give up runs like he did, and then come out and seemingly be unfazed.
While Atlanta scored all of their runs in the first, they had plenty of opportunities to add to the lead, all of which failed to produce any runs. I thought for sure those many missed opportunities would come back to haunt us, but they didn't. That's thanks in part to Hanson, and a perfect eighth and ninth inning by Mike Gonzalez and Rafael Soriano.
Adam LaRoche was feast or famine today, but he and Yunel Escobar provided a pretty potent middle of the lineup. This batting order, save for Chipper Jones, is so young, but can show so much promise. I kind of hate myself for rooting for them, but I can't stop.
The Braves go for the series win tomorrow...
|Final - 8.22.2009||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|WP: Tommy Hanson (9 - 2)
SV: Rafael Soriano (19)
LP: Chris Volstad (9 - 10)