That was an interesting way to win a ballgame. Kenshin Kawakami matched Clayton Kershaw through seven innings with totally different styles of pitching, but both being equally effective. That guy Kershaw can really shut the Braves down -- reminds me of how poorly we do against Ben Sheets.
Mark Bowman has the nice wrap:
After Kenshin Kawakami delivered what manager Bobby Cox termed "the game of his life," and Kelly Johnson proved he still possesses clutch power, the Braves ended another chapter of what has been a tremendous series with Yunel Escobar producing a breathtaking defensive gem.
Twenty-four hours after delivering the decisive hit in a 12-inning victory, Escobar robbed Matt Kemp of a game-tying RBI single in the 10th inning and prevented Rafael Soriano from marring his team's sensational pitching performance with his second blown save in 48 hours.
Escobar keeps proving his value in so many different ways. Johnson, meanwhile, is not letting anyone forget about him. That homerun could not have come off a nicer pitcher -- I don't think anyone in baseball like Mota.
Solid game, good win, good save, and great middle relief work by Kris Medlen.
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|WP: Kris Medlen (3 - 3)
SV: Rafael Soriano (17)
LP: Guillermo Mota (3 - 3)