The Braves completed a three game sweep of Arizona by defeating the D-Backs 1-0 in Atlanta Sunday afternoon. The Braves received another stellar starter outing, this time from Tim Hudson. Hudson went 7 innings allowing 3 hits, no runs, 3 BB, and 7 Ks.
The Braves got all the offense they needed in the third, when Alex Gonzalez(11 HR, 42 RBIs) hit a home run over the left field wall. We had a chance in the 6th after Hudson received a lead off walk. After Michael Bourn flew out, Martin Prado hit a double down the left field line putting runners at 2nd and 3rd. But Dan Uggla and Freddie Freeman each popped out to end the threat. We had another scoring opportunity in the eighth. With 1 out, Bourn hit a double to right that Justin Upton fumbled allowing Bourn to reach third. With Prado up, the Braves attempted a squeeze play but Prado missed the bunt, Bourn was caught in a rundown and tagged out. I don’t often disagree with Fredi Gonzalez but I did here. I’d much rather see Prado be given the chance to hit a sac fly or smack a ball through a drawn in infield than attempt a bunt right there.
Arizona had a real scoring opportunity in the 6th. Former Brave Kelly Johnson led off with a triple to right. After a ground out that didn’t advance the runner, Young hit a foul pop to Freeman. Freddie caught the ball over his shoulder while running away from home. Johnson attempted to score but Freeman whirled and threw a bullet that Brian McCann snagged and tagged Johnson out to end the inning. Great play on both ends. The D-Backs’ 7th ended on a strike ’em out, throw ’em out (Hudson & McCann on Burroughs & Montero).
Jonny Venters pitched a scoreless 8th and Craig Kimbrel came on in the 9th to earn his 39th save. After a strike out, Kimbrel issued a walk to Young and then allowed a single to Montero putting runners at 1st and 3rd. Then Kimbrel got tough, striking out Goldschmidt and Burroughs to end the game. He again hit 100 mph on the radar. He has not allowed a run since June 14th–that’s crazy!
Tomorrow’s Game: RH Jair Jurrjens (12-5, 2.84 ERA) vs Cubs Dempster at 8:05 on Peachtree TV. Jair needs to have a good outing and get back on track. He hasn’t won since the all-star break.
Standings: The Braves are 7 games behind the Phillies in the NL East. We are 8 1/2 games up on the Giants and 9 games up on the Cardinals in the wild card race (pending the outcomes of those teams games today and tonight).
Of Note: Good to see the Braves wearing a patch on their sleeves to honor former Braves pitcher and longtime announcer Ernie Johnson Sr. who passed away recently. It says “Ernie” and features a microphone surrounded by a glove. Nice.