The Cubs scored five runs in the first three innings and were able to hold the Braves off as Tom Gorzelanny earned his seventh victory of the season. Brooks Conrad had a huge eighth inning double which plated three Braves runners, with David Ross scoring on a throwing error by shortstop Starlin Castro. The Braves seemed poised to win another come from behind victory but were unable to push across Conrad in the eighth or score in the ninth.
Tommy Hanson allowed four earned runs to score in his five innings of work but was also plauged by soft hits and poor defense yet again. Hanson did not pitch well, striking out four and walking four, but he allowed just one extra base hit. Hanson received the loss, making him 8-9 on the season. The defense committed three errors, which is seeming to become a trend in Braves losses.
Aramis Ramirez was the Cub's main offensive force today, scoring Kosuke Fukudome from second on a first inning single and plating Castro on a third inning base hit. Rookie Tyler Colvin had two RBI hits today as well. Together, they had half of the Cub's hits and were responisble for four of their five runs scoring.
Gorzelanny gave the Braves trouble, which was semi-expected. The Cub's lefty pitched seven innings and struck out nine, although he did allowe nine base runners. He allowed just one run to score and pitched a very good game overall.
Offensively, Jason Heyward and Alex Goznalez each had two hits. Gonzalez hit an RBI double in the top of the sixth after Matt Diaz hit a double of his own, but the Braves then stranded Gonzalez.
The bullpen pitched well in relief of Hanson. Eric O'Flaherty, Kyle Farnsworth, and Jonny Venters combined to throw three scoreless innings with three hits allowed and five strikeouts, with Farnsworth striking out the side and Venters retiring each batter he faced.
The Braves will try to win the series again tomorrow with Mike Minor pitching against Randy Wells. Minor has looked very good in his first two starts and the Braves can certainly use a road series win with the Phillies on their tail.