Braves at Pirates Series Recap

Steve Pearce and the Pirates gave it their all in this series, but it wasn't pretty.

Despite the fact that the Braves could not quite close out the sweep, this series can only be considered a success. Any time you win a series on the road, that is a good thing, even if the opponent is the Pirates. The Braves are now sitting all alone in 2nd place in the rugged NL East (though just 1.5 games ahead of the last-place Mets) and only 3.5 games behind the Phillies.

Game 1: Braves win 7-0 (TC Recap / FanGraphs Page)

Tim Hudson pitches 8 shutout innings and Jason Heyward goes 3/4 with a homer to lead the Bravos to the easy victory.

Game 2: Braves win 4-2 (TC Recap / FanGraphs Page)

Derek Lowe doesn't pitch great, but he limits the damage. He and the bullpen strand 14 Pirates and are supported by home runs from Melky Cabrera (really!) and Eric Hinske.

Game 3: Pirates win 3-2 in 10 innings (TC Recap / FanGraphs Page)

Kris Medlen and the Braves bullpen pitch well but the offense only musters 1 run off of Zach Duke. Eric Hinske ties it a 2 with a pinch-hit homer, but Takashi Saito gives up a walkoff homer to Ryan Doumit in the 10th.

Series Awards after the jump.

Series Awards

Braves' Pitching MVP: 
Tim Hudson-- 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 4 BB (1 intentional), 3 K, 74% ground balls, 0.212 WPA

Braves' Hitting MVP: 
Jason Heyward-- 4/8, 2B, HR, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 R, 3 RBI, 0.349 WPA

Other Braves Top Performers:
Eric Hinske-- 3/6, 2B, 2 HR, 2 BB, 1 K, 3 R, 2 RBI, 0.313 WPA
Chipper Jones-- 3/8, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 1 K, 0.120 WPA
Melky Cabrera (believe it or not!)-- 3/7, HR, SB, BB, 2 K, OF Assist, 0.166 WPA
Peter Moylan-- 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 0.242 WPA

Pirates' Pitching MVP: 
Zach Duke-- 7 IP, 7 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 5 K, 0.286 WPA

Pirates' Hitting MVP:
Ryan Doumit-- 3/9, 2B, walkoff HR, BB, K, R, 2 RBI, 0.606 WPA

Other Pirates Top Performers:
Ryan Church-- 3/9, 2B, R, BB, K, 0.046 WPA
Brendan Donnelly-- 2 IP, H, BB, K, 0.136 WPA

Series Unawards

Braves' Pitching LVP: 
Nobody really. Saito gave up the HR on Sunday but also put up 1.1 huge innings on Saturday; also, it wasn't really his fault that he was pitching for the 5th time in a week.

Braves' Hitting LVPs:
Troy Glaus-- 0/10, 3 K, -0.268 WPA
Yunel Escobar-- 0/11, 2 R, BB, K, -0.203 WPA
Nate McLouth-- 1/11, R, BB, 3 K, -0.186 WPA 

Pirates' Pitching LVP: 
Ross Ohlendorf-- 3.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 1 HR, 3 BB, 3 K, -0.299 WPA

Pirates' Hitting LVPs: 
Garrett Jones-- 2/12, BB, HBP, 2 K, SB, GIDP, lined into DP, R, -0.378 WPA
Ronny Cedeno-- 1/11, IBB, 3 K, RBI, -0.265 WPA
Bobby Crosby-- 3/12, 2 BB, 3 K, -0.243 WPA

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