Tim Hudson and Martin Prado helped the Braves take the series opener with Washington, 11-1, in Atlanta Friday night. Hudson went 7 innings, allowing 1 run, 7 hits, 1 BB, and 7 Ks. His record is now 9-6 with an ERA of 3.44. He also went 2-3 at the plate with a RBI single, a double, and scored a run. Prado came back from the DL and went 2-5 with a homer, 2 RBIs (9 HR, 35 RBIs), and scored 2 runs. He also made a couple of nice plays at third.
It looked like Hudson might not last long in the first. He threw alot of pitches and gave up 2 hits and a run in the top of the first. Then the Braves came to bat and it quickly became apparent that the Nats’ defense had not returned from the All-Star break. First baseman Michael Morse made a fielding error and then a throwing error on Jordan Schafer’s leadoff grounder, allowing Schafer to reach second. A walk, 3 hits, another error later and the Braves had batted around and scored 4 runs. We may have scored more but 3rd base coach Snitker sent catcher David Ross home on a shallow single to left and he was easily thrown out.
Given an offensive cushion, Hudson, Linebrink, and Sherrill shut the Nats out the rest of the way. Every starter picked up a hit, including Uggla who had a RBI(35) double in the first and Freeman who went 2-5 with 3 RBIs(46). The Nationals finished with 5 errors.
The win was the 10,000 in Braves franchise history–a history that includes Boston, Milwaukee, and Atlanta. We are the third franchise to reach the 10,000 mark, joining the Cubs and Giants. After the game, John Scherholtz came out and gave a little speech and said to celebrate the Braves will be giving away posters and Chick-fil-a coupons to tomorrow night’s crowd. We were all like–wait, what? Where’s our poster and chicken sandwich? Oh well, we actually saw the 10,000th win. So if somebody has a 10,000 win poster they probably weren’t really at that game. I’m just saying…
I was completely wrong about 2 things. First the lineup. It was Schafer, Prado, Heyward, Freeman, Uggla, Ross, McClouth, Gonzalez, and Hudson. I don’t know why McCann didn’t start but we got 13 hits and 11 runs so I’m not going to complain. Second, the weather–it was breezy and beautiful, no poncho necessary. I had two $3.00 hot dogs and a great time!
Standings: At 55-38, the Braves remain 3 1/2 behind the Phillies. We are the Wild Card leader over Pittsburgh/St.Louis, and Arizona by 6 games, over Milwaukee by 6 1/2 games and over New York by 8 1/2.
Tonight’s Game: Nationals LH John Lannan vs RH Tommy Hanson at 7:10 on Sportsouth.
News & Notes: Former Braves infielder(and Duluth native) Nick Green is now playing for the Norfolk Tides, the Baltimore Orioles AAA farm team.
The Braves signed their first round draft pick, Florida State’s LH Sean Gilmartin. The pitcher was the 28th overall pick and signed for $1.13 million. The Braves expect him to make 6 or 7 starts before the minor league season ends.