Braves Battle Back to Take Game Two 5-4

Both Tommy Hanson and the Braves' offense showed some heart in tonight's win against the Mariners. Tommy seemed like he didn't have his command from the get-go, allowing a lined homer to Ichiro on the first pitch he threw since June 12th. He got into more trouble in the second inning and gave up another run on a pair of doubles that gave the Mariners a 2-0 advantage. He settled down nicely and allowed just one more run that came in the form of a Jack Cust solo homer in the fourth that put the M's up 3-0 ended the Mariners scoring for the evening.

Dan Uggla hit a solid, fifth inning Uggla Smash that started the comeback for the Braves. The Braves scored again in the sixth on an error by Justin Smoak, who booted a Chipper grounder to the first baseman's right. Schafer, reached down and sent a soft liner to right in the following inning that sent Dan Uggla across the plate to tie the game up at 3 apiece.

Michael Pineda pitched really well until the seventh when he got a bit wild and walked three batters. Then, Brian McCann took it upon himself to be the hero for the second night in a row and seemingly for the sixteenth time this month. His third of four singles plated a couple of runs that put the Braves up 5-3 in the top of the seventh. I'm not sure how many wins the Braves would have without Mac, but their record wouldn't be close to as good. If he keeps this up, he'll warrant some serious consideration when it comes time for MVP voting.

Mac proceeded to make a game-saving defensive play in the bottom half of the inning, when he gunned down Adam Kennedy at second on a double steal attempt. George Sherrill and Scott Proctor managed to get into some trouble, and one run crossed the plate in the bottom half of the seventh, but had McCann not thrown out Kennedy, the M's would have tied it up at five.

Venters and Kimbrel did their thing in the eighth an ninth to preserve the 5-4 win.

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