Braves Complete Sweep; Beat the King

The Braves produced five runs off of King Feliz in the series finale that gave the pitching staff sufficient cushion to complete the sweep 5-3. Two-out hits, stolen bases, and Freddie Freeman helped Derek Lowe notch his first win since May 6th. Derek looked pretty good, pitching around a bit of trouble effectively, going six innings and giving up just one run on four hits and three walks. His sinker was running too far off the plate to lefties for a while, but he eventually started throwing it on the inside part of the plate and struck out a couple of left-handed batters with it.

It was unusual but encouraging to see the Braves score five runs (and Freddie drive in 2) without a home run in this afternoon's game. The scoring started in the fourth for Atlanta when Freeman got on and crossed the plate following a second opposite field single. The Braves did a majority of their damage in the fifth, when they scored three runs, two of which were driven in by Freddie on a liner into center.

Freeman then saved at least one run by snagging a ripped shot off the bat of Adam Kennedy with runners on the corners in the bottom half of the inning. And of course, McCann had to drive in a run of his own to pad his already incredible stats by smoking one into right and driving in Gonzo, who was on base with his first hit of the road trip.

Venters gave up a couple of runs in the eighth off of a Dustin Ackley homer. Jonny has had a few uncharacteristic outings recently, but I wouldn't imagine it's worth worrying too much about. The Mariners couldn't muster up any more runs in the bottom of the ninth though, and Kimbrel got the save as the Braves won 5-3.

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