That's about how I expected this game to go. The Braves get no-hit through 5 and two-thirds, then we come back and get 3 two-out RBIs and take the lead for good. Pretty much a typical Braves win this year -- we look completely over matched offensively and then somehow wake up and play some baseball.
Marlins starter Josh Johnson had complete command of the game through 6 innings. Matt Diaz broke up the no-hitter with two-out in the fifth, but the real damage came in the seventh. With 2-outs and runners on first and third, Omar Infante laced a 2-run triple into the cavernous outfield at whatever the name of the Marlins stadium is now. Then David Ross hit a seeing-eye single back up the middle to score Infante. Omar's triple was the only extra-base hit for Atlanta on the evening.
Back to back singles by Adam LaRoche and Yunel Escobar in the eighth plated two more runs for Atlanta.
Kenshin Kawakami had a good outing and probably could have gone deeper into the game. Through 6 innings of 6-hit, no-walk, 1-run ball, Kawakami threw only 75 pitches (51 strikes) while striking out 5. They pinch-hit for him in the top of the seventh attempting to get more runs, but they called Greg Norton's number, and he, well, he struck out -- to no one's surprise. It will be interesting to see what the Braves do with the rotation, after a great start from Kawakami, and Tim Hudson returning to the mound tomorrow.
|Final - 8.31.2009||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|WP: Kenshin Kawakami (7 - 10)
LP: Josh Johnson (13 - 4)