Braves Come From Behind to Beat Arizona

The Braves game plan tonight:

  1. Be patent and work the starting pitcher's pitch up.
  2. Get enough starting pitching to keep the game close.
  3. Score many runs against the Diamondback's bullpen.
  4. If necessary, execute walk-off win against Arizona closer.

Game plan executed to perfection! Kenshin Kawakami wasn't that great, even though he struck out 7. He also threw a bunch of pitches and lost control in the fifth inning. Jonny Venters replaced him and allowed 2 inherited runners to score making KK's line look a little worse than perhaps it should have been.

The Braves squandered a bunch of run scoring opportunities early with a lot of bad base running, but they worked deep counts on Arizona starter Ian Kennedy and ended up chasing him in the seventh. Brian McCann led off the inning with a homerun, and after Kennedy allowed two more hits, he was relieved by the Arizona... wait for it... BULLPEN!!! Well, I wouldn't really say he was "relieved." It's more like the Braves were relieved to see the Snakes' pen. Reliever Juan Gutierrez promptly gave up a game-tying 3-run homerun to Nate McLouth, the first batter he faced.

Billy Wagner hung a few pitches and got dinged for a run in the top half of the ninth inning, so the D-Backs brought on their closer Chad Qualls. No really, he's their closer. Eric Hinske greeted Qualls with a single on the first pitch. Omar Infante bunted to advance pinch-runner Brandon Hicks, but he bunted the ball off the plate and it bounced so high he legged out a single. Nate McLouth followed with another bunt to advance the runners, and then they walked pinch hitter Melky Cabrera to load the bases and set up a double play with one out.

Marteeeeeeeeeeeen Prado would have nothing to do with no silly double play. He worked the count and laced an opposite field single (that would have been a double if he needed it to be) which scored the tying and winning runs. The Braves Win! The Braves Win! Ah, I love it when the game plan is executed to perfection.

Final - 5.14.2010 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Arizona Diamondbacks 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 5 9 0
Atlanta Braves 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 2 6 12 1
WP: Billy Wagner (2 - 0)
LP: Chad Qualls (0 - 2)

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