Labor Day LOBster On the Menu: Pirates stifle Braves, 3-1

Despite poor velocity, lack of stuff, Brian Burres held the Braves to five singles, one earned run, and whiffed three.

You would think with Kenshin Kawakami back on the roster, he would have assumed his position as the starting pitcher who got no run support.  But unfortunately, Tommy Hanson has maintained the mantle of being the repeated victim of no run support, as he was given but only one run today in a 3-1 losing effort to the worst team in Major League Baseball.  With the exception of the win on September 1st against the Mets, Tommy Hanson has been given 0, 1, 2, 2, 1, 0, and 0 runs in all his games since July 27th.  No matter how good a pitcher is, it's difficult to get wins under those circumstances, and the Braves have gone 3-6 in now Tommy's last nine starts.

Despite the loss, Tommy Hanson still pitched well, yielding only four hits in six innings.  Unfortunately one of those hits was a two-run homer to Neil Walker, which scored Jose Tabata, who had singled just prior.  But for those who care to acknowledge it, it's still yet another quality start that goes unrewarded to Cyborg.  Four hits was all that the Pirates managed to muster against Hanson plus two single, perfect innings by Kyle Farnsworth and Peter Moylan a piece.

Because, despite the fact that the Braves outhit the Pirates 8-4, they were all singles, and none of them came at the right time.  The Braves were once again fattened up by LOBsters, and left ELEVEN men on base, including the bases loaded in the 7th, and second and third in the 8th.  Both Omar Infante and Martin Prado were held hitless for the day, with the latter being responsible for five of the LOBsters.

The Bobby Cox Compliment Sandwich:  Derrek Lee had a solid game, going 2-for-3, a walk, and the sole run scored for Atlanta.  A pitching quartet of Brian Burres, former Brave Chris Resop, Evan Meek, and Joel Hanrahan more or less made the Braves look pathetic, and nothing like the first place team they're supposed to be.  Kyle Farnsworth and Peter Moylan both pitched perfect, spotless innings.

Well, as I always say, there's always tomorrow.  And fortunately for us, it's a Tim Hudson day, and there's always reason to feel confident whenever Huddy takes the hill.  And opposing him will be journeyman reliever-turned-starter, James McDonald.  Despite the massive failure today, I have confidence that the Braves stand a good chance at winning tomorrow, and taking the series, in spite of today's result.

But it's not all bad news.  In the first game of the double-header, the Marlins took the momentum after owning us, and dropped a seven-spot on the Phillies, in Philadelphia, beating them 7-1.  So no matter the outcome of the second game in Philly, the Braves will still be in first place, be it, 0.5 games ahead, or 1.5 games ahead.

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