Braves use clutch hitting to defeat Padres 6-2, finish .500 on West Coast


Another night, another game with hitting, pitching and defense for the Braves (5-4) who defeated the Padres (3-6) on Thursday night. Marteeen Prado got the Braves on the scoreboard early with a solo-HR in the top of the 1st and finished the night 2-for-5. Jason Heyward had a big night at the plate, going 2-for-3 with 2 doubles and 2RBIs (that's a bunch of 2s!) and Brian McCann delivered an RBI 2B on a rocket to left field. The Braves then struck 2-out magic in the top of the 8th, getting an RBI single from Yunel Escobar, RBI double from Heyward and an RBI single from Eric Hinske. Yunel Escobar and Chipper Jones both swiped base in tonight's game, giving them 1 and 2 for the season, respectively. The Braves were 3-for-8 tonight with RISP.

On the mound, Tim Hudson struggled with his command a horrible umpire, but battled all night and only gave up 2 runs in 5.2 innings. Kris Medlen and Eric O'Flaherty both recorded a tough out which set up Peter Moylan, Takashi Saito and Billy Wagner to close out the game. Padres hitters only had 6 hits on the night, all coming off of Tim Hudson. Another great night from the bullpen.

For the Padres, starter Mat Latos didn't pitch too well, giving up 3 runs in 4.2 innings. It could have been much worse for the young sophomore, but solid defensive play from his teammates kept Latos in the game. The Padres bullpen pitched well for the most part, with the black hole coming the the 8th inning via Mike Adams, a solid right-handed reliever.

At the plate for the Padres, Will Venebal hit his 3rd HR of the season, which bounced off the top of the right field wall and then into the seats. Evereth Cabrera drove in the 2nd run of the game for the Padres with an RBI single to left field. Matt Stairs, who always seems to come up with big hits against the Braves, hit a pinch-hit double in the bottom of the 6th and came around to score on the Cabrera single.

Stat of the Night:

On the season, Jason Heyward has 10 hits. Melky Cabrera (3), Nate McLouth (3) and Matt Diaz (3) have a total of 9 hits. Ouch.

Player(s) of the Game: Kris Medlen, Eric O'Flaherty, Peter Moylan, Takashi Saito and Billy Wagner.

3.1IP   0H   0R   0BB   4Ks


Upcoming Games:  The Braves will fly home to Atlanta tonight, where they'll face the Colorado Rockies for a 3-game series. Derek Lowe will be on the mound for the Braves while righty Jason Hammel will be on the mound for the Rockies. First pitch is at 7:35EST.


*Note: No Good, Bad and Ugly in this recap; an in-depth recap of the Padres series should be up tomorrow morning, so be on the lookout for that. 

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