Two words to describe this game -- no offense. The Braves were shut down by Bronson Arroyo and the Reds pen. The middle of the order -- Chipper Jones, Brian McCann, and Adam LaRoche -- were 0-for-11, and only Chipper got on base with a walk, while McCann grounded into a critical rally killer double-play in the first inning. It was actually down hill from there.
Nate McLouth was activated of the DL and entered the game when Yunel Escobar had to leave because of hyper-extending his leg while trying to beat out a play at first base in the fourth inning. Bobby Cox also left the game by way of ejection for the second straight night. He was arguing about Yuney being called out on that play for being inside the baseline when the ball hit him in the back of the head. McLouth, meanwhile, accounted for the only Atlanta run; a homerun on the first pitch he saw in his first at-bat back from the DL.
Another double-play in the ninth killed any chance of a rally by Atlanta. The Braves used Kenshin Kawakami in relief in the ninth inning -- he got the Reds 1-2-3. As we suspected, it looks like he might be the guy to go from the rotation to the pen.
I said pre-game that this was a must win game, and our slim playoff hopes are getting slimmer.
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