Monday, May 7, 2012

Braves @ Rockies: Game 3 Recap

I love those brooms. I want to use them more this season. The Braves really used the bats to sweep away the Rockies this weekend, sometimes in comeback fashion, and sometimes just opening up a lead like last night. Freddy Freeman continues to scare the crap out of pitchers with some mammoth shots into the stands, and Dan Uggla really put his foot on the gas in Game 3 as well. Nicasio never really stood a chance against this lineup. The bats were hot all weekend long!

Despite how big the bats were, Game 3 was about Brandon Beachy. He gets the MVP and stole the show with his absolutely dominant performance in one of the toughest parks in the nation. Beachy went 6.1 innings, with over 109 pitches, only 2 ERs on 4 hits. Brandon had a one-hitter going through 6 innings in Coors Field. I can't describe in words how ridiculous that is on the heels of two slugfests. He was masterful until the 7th when he simply ran out of gas. At that point, Cristhian Martinez came in for a 2.2 inning save. He not only shut the door on the Rockies, he didn't give up a hit! I was amazed at the bullpen this series. What a great asset we have in these guys who can come into the game and demoralize anyone's lineup.

So now we come to my favorite part of any sweep, the STAT OF THE SERIES! This weekend, that stat is...RELIEVER ERA! The bullpen had a 1.54 ERA this series. Even when the starters were floundering, and our batters were trying their best to claw back into the first two games, the bullpen was there with unwavering support. They only gave up two earned runs all weekend in over 11 innings of work. I can't stop gushing about how great they were in long saves and holds. Livan and Christhian especially shined in this series, and that's a good sign for all the Braves fans out there. Frank Wren continues to make good moves that yield solid dividends.

Now, on to Chicago. The Cubs just took the series against the Dodgers. Can we keep our hot streak alive in the Windy City? I'll have the series preview later this morning.

Go Braves!

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