Braves Fall In Series Finale 4-2

Tim Hudson had a rough first inning and the Braves offense couldn't rebound, despite the Mets ace Johan Santana leaving after the fifth inning with a pectoral strain. The Mets opened up the scoring with a Carlos Beltran triple and a throwing error by Omar Infante, which landed in the Braves dugout causing Beltran to come around to score. The newly acquired Joaquin Arias reached on an infield single later in the inning which brought in Chris Carter.

Brian McCann hit his 20th homer in the bottom of the second but the rest of the Braves offense stayed dormant until the bottom of the eighth. Melky Cabrera singled, Jason Heyward walked, Bobby Parnell threw a wild pitch to advance both runners, and Martin Prado reached on a chopper to third, scoring Cabrera. McCann opened up the bottom of the ninth with a single but the following three Braves were retired, giving Hisanori Takashi his third save of the season.

David Wright hit a homer off of Hudson in the sixth, his 22nd of the season. Hudson ended with a line of 7 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K. He was solid but unspectacular, mostly due to his rough start to the game. Earlier in the day, Hudson earned the NL Pitcher of the Month award for August. 

This was a good series overall, but the team unfortunately could not close out the sweep. You cannot win them all, and losing to a pitcher like Santana is never anything to be ashamed of. 

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