This Atlanta Braves team continues to baffle me. Now they decide to play inspired baseball? Hey, I'm not complaining, I'll take it. It's been eons since we actually swept a club, and we decide to sweep the best team in the NL in their own park -- neat.
Javier Vazquez was Ridiculous today (capitol R, Ridiculous). He made the best team in the NL look worse than the cross-state last place Royals. He struck out 8 Cardinals batters, all of them swinging and missing. He had some impressive stuff working out there. Javy ran into some trouble in the 9th inning and lost the shutout, but at least Bobby left him out there to try and finish his own game.
The Braves offense had an inning to remember. It all started after two were out in the third inning, then the Braves collected 6 straight hits with a walk sandwiched in to score 6 runs -- quite impressive. Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter hadn't allowed 6 hits in any of his previous four starts against the Braves. Atlanta added extra runs in the 6th, 8th, and on a solo homerun by Adam LaRoche in the 9th.
Carpenter is one of those guys on the short list for the NL Cy Young this year, and Javier Vazquez out-pitched him all afternoon. Too bad the Braves offense couldn't have scored some more runs for Javy this season, or we might see him on that short list as well.
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