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Braves Display Compassion, Give Yet Another Young Starting Pitcher Confidence, Lose 4-1

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Nate McLouth's thoughts on today's game and on his oblique injury.
Nate McLouth's thoughts on today's game and on his oblique injury.

The Braves caught (or at least we all thought they caught) a huge break when they missed both Dan Haren and Jered Weaver in this weekend's series against the Angels.

At this point, I'd rather just face the aces instead of the young rookie pitchers. Give me Haren instead of Tyler Chatwood. Give me Cliff Lee instead of Vance Worley. Give me anyone other than a little known rookie starter because for one reason or another, the Braves just can't hit them this season.

Chatwood shut the Braves down for seven innings on Sunday afternoon and allowed just one early run. He battled control issues early, but was able to settle down and made quick work of the Braves' batters. He struck out six and walked just two, and allowed just one extra-base hit.

Derek Lowe started for Atlanta and he wasn't too bad despite walking five Angels. He gave up three runs on five hits and the afore mentioned walks, though he did strikeout six. George Sherrill regressed back to the old George Sherrill and allowed a run in just a third of an inning, though Scott Proctor and Scott Linebrink both had good outings.

The Braves actually scored first on Sunday. Last night's hero, Joe Mather, ripped an RBI-single to left field to bring in Freddie Freeman who had previously doubled. That was all the scoring Atlanta would do, though.

Torii Hunter hit a 2-run homer in the 4th that just cleared the left field wall to give LAA a 2-1 lead. Alexi Amarista added on another run in the 6th with an RBI-groundout to shortstop Alex Gonzalez. Bobby Abreu continued his Braves-killing ways in the 7th with an RBI double to put Los Angeles of Anaheim up 4-1.

Angels relievers Scott Downs and Jordan Walden worked the final two innings and Atlanta wasn't able to mount any comebacks against the hard throwing pitchers.

Braves lose 4-1, and are now 1-4 on their road trip. 

Injury updates and roster moves after the jump:

OK, where to begin?

Jason Heyward is going to the 15-day disabled list. His shoulder hasn't gotten better in the past week and neither has his play. Let's all hope he gets back to being 100% after his two weeks of recovery.

Nate McLouth strained his oblique* (seriously, obliques can go **** themselves.) in his first at-bat of the game and he'll be reevaluated in Atlanta tomorrow. He's likely to held to the 15-day DL as well.

*EDIT: It's believed that Nate has strained his right oblique, but nothing is official yet. We'll know more in 24 hours or so.

Outfielder Wilkin Ramirez has been called up to Atlanta to replace Heyward and we'll likely see another outfielder called up in the next day or so for McLouth. Matt Young, Jose Castanza, and Jordan Schafer are the likely candidates.

The Braves have Monday off and will head to Pittsburgh for a 2-game series against the Pirates.

Fun Fact of the Day about the Pirates: They have a bunch of young, little-known starting pitchers.

I'm excited.