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By the time the Braves (55-62) leave the desert they will have done a little damaging to the DBacks. Already holding on to a very thin lead over the newly Mannified Dodgers, the Arizona club has been handed a three game extension to their losing streak by the Braves and now have only a .5 game margin over the resurgent Blue Boys.
Kind of bewildering huh?
Not that the Diamondbacks are the best team in the league or that the NL West itself is a resource rich in baseball dominance. But the Braves can’t beat non contenders like the Nationals and Giants and yet go on the road to a visit first place team in the middle of a late season pennant race and do a good bit of spoiling!
Jurrjens started this one and got plenty of run support and went six fairly strong innings striking out six and allowing 3 ER’s. If that wasn’t enough to make you feel good about the performance of the Braves’ youth movement, McCann brought some invigoration with a homer, 4 RBI’s, a stolen base (NOT a typo), during a 2 for 5 night. Frenchy got the night off for “rest” while Kotchman, who still hasn’t really fired up, went 1-5 to keep his BA around .280. Chipper had a hit to stay at an even .370 and only Blanco was the only Brave that went without a hit in last night’s affair.
Surprisingly, the baneful bullpen did not allow a run and appearances by Carlyle and Nunez did nothing more than allow two base runners by way of walk and a hit to preserve Jurrjens’ 11th win in his rookie year.
So ironically enough, the Braves are going for a sweep today against the first place Diamondbacks and could knock them out of the top of the standings to make way for the upstart Dodgers. But they’ll have to do it against a very good Brandon Webb.
I’m not sure if it’s something I’d be too proud of since I’m not much of a Dodgers or Manny Ramirez fan. But I am a fan of Braves wins even in the midst of a finish to a season that will not see us in the playoffs.
So heck, why not? Let’s get a win today!