If I had to pick a low point of the season for the Atlanta Braves, I would say this is just about it. I guess I should be happy that we scored as many runs today as we have in the past two games, but I'm not. It seems that no matter what the Braves do right now it's not going their way. They get the lead for Tim Hudson, who had a great outing, and then Mike Gonzalez gives it right back.
It was also the little things in the ballgame that became big things. Despite some good defense from around the infield, Nate McLouth looked like he had a chance to throw out the runner trying to score in the third (the runner was the pitcher), but instead he just tossed the ball into the infield. That run, any run right now, is a big run.
Kenshin Kawakami, coming out of the bullpen in the 11th, had a good first inning of work, but he loaded the bases in his second inning of work and ended up hitting Micah Owings in the head to push in the go-ahead run. Owings went down and stayed down for a while in a scary moment. A sac fly pushed the Reds lead to 2, and with shadows between the pitcher's mound and home plate in the bottom of the 12th, the Braves batters struck out 1-2-3 against Francisco Cordero's 97 mhp heat.
If there is a silver lining to this game, it's definitely the outstanding start by Tim Hudson. He looks as good as he did at any point last year, and that should give the Braves some good options going into the off-season -- like trading for a BIG BAT!!!
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