April 12, 2011 at 10:06 pm by Capitol Avenue Club under Atlanta Braves
Tommy Hanson is back. Hanson needed only 98 pitches to fire 7 shutout frames, allowing 4 hits and 2 walks with 5 strikeouts. Even more impressive was his 13/3 GO/FO ratio. Hanson did a great job of locating his fastball down in the zone and effectively used his slider to keep the hitters off balance. Perhaps the most encouraging sign was the return of his velocity, he sat 91-94 MPH touching 95 on occasion.
Atlanta got all five of their runs off of Chris Volstad, Florida’s starter. In the bottom of the third Atlanta put together a two out rally to bring in two. Prado singled, McLouth hit a double to right-center to score him, and Chipper singled McLouth home. Heyward hit a monster homer to dead center in the fourth to make it 3-0. In the fifth Prado doubled to lead off the inning. Nate McLouth sacrificed himself on a bunt, moving Prado to 3rd, then Chipper hit a liner to left-center that Logan Morrison ran down for the inning’s second out, scoring Prado to make it 4-0. Brian McCann followed that with a homer into the Braves’ bullpen, which constituted the end of the evening’s scoring.
Eric O’Flaherty ran into some trouble in the 8th inning, allowing a hit and a walk before he was pulled in favor of Peter Moylan, who got Omar Infante and Hanley Ramirez on 7 pitches. Scott Linebrink pitched a scoreless 9th, allowing a walk and striking out two.
I calculate that the bunt was McLouth’s idea. It looked like he was trying to bunt for a base hit rather than give himself up.
The Marlins had five hits and four walks. Mike Stanton and Logan Morrison each doubled, the only extra-base hits the Marlins got as opposed to Atlanta’s three doubles and two homers. Chipper Jones drew his third walk of the season in the first inning, and as previously mentioned Brian McCann recorded his first extra-base hit of the season. Dan Uggla also doubled on a soft liner to right that he had to hustle to get two bases on. Pretty much everything that hadn’t been going well in the season’s first ten games went right tonight, meaning the Braves won, as they should more frequently than they lose going forward.