After a pretty frustrating Saturday afternoon, the Braves came to play on Sunday and won their first series of the year.
Tim Hudson was brilliant for seven innings and allowed just one run on three hits and one walk. He struck out five Nationals and set down the final 17 batters he faced. That's the ace we all know and love. Jonny Venters worked the 8th inning and allowed a meaningless run, and Scott Linebrink worked a scoreless final inning.
The Braves put together solid at-bats all game long and everyone recorded a hit besides Freddie Freeman (who, once again, looked great at the plate.) In contrast to the first two games, the Braves didn't rely on the long ball to score. They did it by coming up with clutch hits with runners in scoring position and some smart baserunning. Martin Prado had two doubles, Nate McLouth recorded his first extra-base hit of the year with a double, Alex Gonzalez hit a triple that just missed leaving the park, and Brian McCann had four RBIs. A six run eighth inning clinched a victory for the Braves.
It was really great to see this team come back after not being able to catch a break yesterday.
Hard to single out a few guys in an 11-2 win, but we'll go with:
Tim Hudson - 7IP, 3H, 1ER, 5K, 1BB
Martin Prado - 3-for-5, 2 2B, 1 RBI
Brian McCann - 3-for-5, 4 RBI
Brian Broderick - 0.2IP, 2H, 4ER, 1BB
Some important Braves news after the jump...
The Braves made quite a few noteworthy moves this morning:
Jair Jurrjens to the 15-day DL:
The Braves have been real cautious with Jair since straining his oblique in Spring Training, and the move will be retroactive to March 25th. Jurrjens battled injuries all last year and it makes sense to get him back to 100% before rushing him back to the mound. Mike Minor will take over his spot in the rotation and will make at least two starts. Jurrjens could return for next weekend's series against the Phillies, but they're much more likely to hold off until mid-April.
Braves Sign Scott Proctor, Assign him to AAA:
After being released last week, the Braves have signed veteran reliever Scott Proctor to a Minor League deal. He'll join the team in Gwinnett and is a decent back-up plan for Atlanta should multiple pitchers get injured.
On to Milwaukee:
After a nice Sunday afternoon win, the Braves will head to Milwaukee tonight and then play at 2:05 EST tomorrow afternoon. The weather is supposed to be pretty crappy, but the Brew Crew thankfully have a dome. It'll be Brandon Beachy against Chris Narveson.
We also had two great comments in the game threads today. Great work guys.
The first, from ATLandUNC:
And the second, courtesy of TheLetter2: