This is one of those days where everything seems to go right for the Braves. Tim Hudson got off to a good start in the top of the first inning by striking out the side, then Martin Prado got things going for the Atlanta offense with a homerun on the second pitch he saw leading off the bottom half of the first inning. The Braves added another run in the first on an Eric Hinske sac fly, but that was only the beginning of the day for Hudson, Prado, and HInske.
Tim Hudson was in total command all day. He solved his control problems that plagued him in his last start, and only walked one batter while striking out six. More impressively he only allowed three hits, and only gave up one run. He also helped himself with the bat by collecting two hits and an RBI. One of those hits was a legged out infield single late in the game when he really didn't need to run hard, but he smelled a hit and could hardly contain his smile as things kept going his way.
Martin Prado made it a four-hit day including two homeruns, both were solo shots leading off an inning. Eric Hinske helped chase the Arizona starter, Dan Haren, in the fifth inning when he clubbed a two-run homerun in a four-run fifth inning for Atlanta. Hinske added an RBI single an inning later.
Troy Glaus also had a three-hit day including a homerun off the top of the center field fence. Jason Heyward may have been 0-for-4, but he walked twice, stole third base, and scored two runs. Every Braves starter made it on base at least twice, helped in part by 9 walks allowed by Arizona pitching. Their bullpen was predictably a sieve, allowing the Braves six additional runs.
Brent Clevlen replaced Hinske late in the game (this started to resemble a spring training game) and he got his first hit as a member of the Braves, a double in the eighth.
A great win for the Braves and more importantly they win the series. Martin Prado is now the hits leader in the National League.
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