For some reason I just figured this kind of offensive ineptness would happen after we scored 16 runs on opening day. Last night was kind of the same game as tonight, we just had Chipper Jones come through in a big way in the right situation. On Thursday night the Braves couldn't come through with runners in scoring position. Much of that rally killing was helped by three double plays. Despite 6 of the Braves 8 hits on the night between them, Troy Glaus, Martin Prado, and Yunel Escobar each hit into a double play. Those killed many a rally, and despite outhitting the Cubs, we came up short in the run department.
Tommy Hanson had great stuff on the night. He struck out seven, including striking out the side in the first inning (with a walk sandwiched in there). His Achilles heel was the solo homerun, of which he surrendered two.
The Braves bullpen was once again superb, and gave the Braves a chance to come back. Eric O'Flaherty and Jesse Chavez pitched 3.2 perfect innings of relief.
Atlanta threatened in the ninth. Yunel Escobar singled and Nate McLouth walked. Eric Hinske took a Carlos Marmol pitch to the edge of the warning track in center field, just missing getting enough of that pitch to take it out. It wasn't enough and Melky Cabrera struck out to end the game.
Of more concern than the loss was the departure of Chipper Jones in the fourth inning because of a strained right side. I'm guessing he'll be day to day and will be reevaluated. Hopefully the news will be good on Chipper.
By the way, I want to hurt whoever came up with the ads for the Home Depot and the Sunshine House. Those damn commercials come on every commercial break and I hate them!
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