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John is now 0-3 on the year despite pitching gems in his last two games; the Braves have scored a grand total of two runs in his three starts. This time, they gave him a 1-0 lead like last time, and this time he gave up two runs, just like last time. It’s probably all Andruw’s fault. (He went 0-4 and is 0-9 in the series. Clearly, time to panic.)
The Braves got nine hits off of Jon Lieber and Billy Wagner, but no homers, only two doubles, and no walks. I’ve said it before; you can’t win if all you do is hit singles. It just doesn’t work. The Braves did get two hits off of Wagner and thanks to a wild pitch had runners second and third with two out in the ninth, but Jordan lined out, Chase Utley, the Braves-killer, making a diving stop. Jordan did drive in the Braves’ only run. Mondesi and Chipper had two hits each.
Thanks to Creg for filling in and doing a great job of it, too. The rubber game tomorrow sees Hampton against Brett Myers. It’s an ESPN Sunday Night game. The current Braves hitters who have faced Myers have hit .346/.382/.615 against him, so he’ll probably throw a two-hitter.