Braves Get Clobbered Late for a Lopsided 11-2 Loss

In stark contrast to last night, this one ended up getting out of hand. Unfortunately it was the Braves that took the brunt of an offensive onslaught beginning in the sixth inning. Derek Lowe had pitched five great innings to start the afternoon and it looked like, despite some serious missed opportunities early on, the Braves might be able to preserve a slim 2-1 advantage.This was not the case.

Lowe helped himself out in a big way, driving in the Braves only two runs on the afternoon by sending a fastball down the third base line into the corner to score Uggla and Eric Hinske. He proceeded to pitch very quick third, fourth, and fifth innings to keep the Braves ahead. But all of the sudden, after giving up just one hit and one run in the first five innings, Lowe's sinker started flattening out as he gave up some big hits to the dizzy Jay Bruce, the sick Edgar Renteria, Joey Votto, and Brandon Phillips. George Sherrill and Scott Proctor came on to keep the game at a manageable 4-2 and left runners at second and third.

Fredi left Scott Proctor in for the seventh though, and that's when the game got out of hand. Proctor gave up three hits and a walk while getting just a sac bunt out in the seventh. Christhian Martinez wasn't any better though, giving up a bases loaded walk and a host of base hits. The icing on the cake came when Todd Frazier sent one off the wall in left to score three and make the came an 11-2 affair.

Just like Lowe's most recent start against Philadelphia, the game was a blowout due to some sub-par mop-up pitching. Unlike last time, Lowe truly outpitched Homer Bailey for five frames, though. But the Braves couldn't capitalize with runners on base and something went awry for D-Lowe in the sixth to essentially end this one. The Braves will go for the series win tomorrow as Beachy takes on Dontrelle Willis.

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