I'm here to hit homers and chew bubblegum.
Game one saw Josh Johnson completely shut down the Braves, allowing only 1 hit across 6 shutout innings. Johnson had what Chipper Jones called "no-hit stuff" and struck out 9 Braves over 6 innings while walking none. If it wasn't for a small cut on his middle finger, Johnson would have probably dominated the Braves even longer. Atlanta had a chance to tie things up in the 9th inning, but a blown call at first base by Laz Diaz gave the Marlins an extra out, and the Braves would lose 2-1.
The Braves bounced back in game two, as Tim Hudson threw 7 strong innings, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits. The big blow from the Marlins was a 2-run moonshot by Jose Reyes in the 2nd inning to put the Braves down 3-1, but Atlanta kept chipping away. RBIs from Freeman in the 3rd and Prado in the 4th tied the game, and Atlanta took the lead for good in the 7th. A leadoff triple for Martin Prado was the spark, and Heyward drove home Martin with a single off lefty Wade LeBlanc for the 4-3 lead. Eric O'Flaherty and Craig Kimbrel did their thing, and Atlanta took game two 4-3.
Atlanta piled on during the 3rd game of the series, tagging Ricky Nolasco for 6 runs in 5.1 innings on the way to an easy 7-1 victory. Tommy Hanson threw a bizarre game, walking 7 and allowing 7 steals, but somehow escaping 5 innings with only one run allowed. Home runs from Juan Francisco, Michael Bourn, and Jason Heyward powered Atlanta, with Francisco's bomb landing in the upper deck. When he connects, it goes a loooong way.
Atlanta now heads back to Turner Field to take on the Phillies in a 3 game series this weekend.
Who do you think was the Braves' MVP during the series with the Marlins?
Jason Heyward (349 votes)
Michael Bourn (111 votes)
Martin Prado (53 votes)
Chipper Jones (32 votes)
Freddie Freeman (27 votes)
Juan Francisco (129 votes)
Brian McCann (19 votes)
720 total votes