Atlanta 8, St. Louis 1 – MLB – Box Score – Braves at Cardinals

Andruw did the heavy lifting, Tim Hudson pitched well, and the Braves pulled even in the series. Andruw hit a pair of homers on the game. His solo shot in the fifth tied the game and broke up a perfect game bid by Jason Marquis. Then in the sixth, he hit a grand slam to give the Braves a 6-1 lead and chase Marquis. He added a walk in the ninth.

Hudson went seven and allowed six hits, one walk, and one run, that in the first, and struck out four. 67 of his 96 pitches were strikes. With a 6-1 lead Bobby didn’t push him. Farnsworth allowed a hit and hit a guy in the eighth but pitched around it. Reitsma pitched the ninth, probably because he hasn’t pitched much recently, and allowed a hit.

In addition to Andruw, Betemit had a big game. He doubled home Francoeur in the fifth to give the Braves a 2-1 lead. And he singled and scored as the Braves got two insurance runs in the ninth. McCann was the only Braves starter not to get a hit.

To win the series, all the Braves have to do is beat Chris Carpenter. Good luck with that. Afternoon game, Sosa on the mound for the Braves on TBS… The Mets won, the rest of the division plays tonight.

15 thoughts on “Atlanta 8, St. Louis 1”

  1. huge game! I feel dizzy and terrible headache.get out of my head.
    we’re waiting for you Chris Carpenter.
    nice weekend

  2. Actually, I think the game is only on TS tomorrow, at least according to the Braves homepage. Sosa v. Carpenter…I’ll be surprised if we win. Sosa’s LOB trick probably won’t work against the Cards, and Carpenter has an ERA of 1.21 after the ASB. He’s filthy.

    Is there some sort of record for most PAs without a walk? Maybe we should start a Francoeur-o-Meter. And if he hits any more home runs, Marcus is going to give him a concussion, so maybe he should try taking pitches for a bit.

    Bringing the “Andruw can hit .300” debate over here, I have to say that I don’t think so, and that it’s just fine if he doesn’t. He’s been in the majors for 9 years now, right? He hasn’t done it yet. It’s not his style, and as far as I’m concerned, his style works just fine. I think it’s time to let him out from under the heavy expectations that we had when he came up, which have obviously been incorrect. We should let him be himself and stop measuring him against this hypothetical “potential” idea that seems to me, at least, to be BS.

  3. I like the idea of the statement game/statement series. I love to see ATL beat the Cardinals & I especially love to beat that whining “genius” LaRussa.

    But, truly, given the pitching matchup, the Sunday game is gravy. I can’t get too bent out of shape either way.

    The rule for first place teams in Aug & Sept: Don’t get swept. And this weekend, the Braves won’t. Here’s to another week in first place.

  4. Andruw can hit .300, but that’s not the same as saying he’s likely too nor that it really matters if he does.

  5. Fearless prediction for tomorrow: Braves 3, Cards 1. Sosa quiets his critics for a day.

    Watching both Marquis and LaRussa twist today after Andruw’s slam was about as good as it gets.

  6. Exactly. Andruw has hit .300 and I think he will learn more plate discipline as he ages and he will hit .300 again. Write it down. He will hit .300 in the next five years. Maybe more than once.

  7. Ain’t it poetic justice that the Natspos lost ANOTHER 1-run game today? They’ve now lost 13 in a row like that and are 5.5 back in the division.

  8. Is Bobby Cox really 70 or is this another one of those brain farts on the part of Steve Phillips? I thought he was 64ish.

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