Friday, August 3, 2012

Marlins @ Braves: Game 4 Recap

We took 3/4 from the Marlins with the win yesterday 6-1, and the game was never really in doubt. In fact, the only questionable thing from the game was whether or not Minor would get credit for the win after the rain delay. Sadly, he did not. Instead, Martinez got the benefit of the doubt even though he was the only guy to give up a run on the Braves staff. The offense was early and often, and you could tell that it completely demoralized the Marlins club, who is just running out the clock on the year.

The whole lineup touched base yesterday in the 6 run affair. Everyone got at least a hit, except for BMac who drew 2 walks on the day. The flurry of scoring happened in the first two innings, and after that the Braves decided they were just going to cruise to the finish line. The clutch hitting was huge as the Braves went 5-11 with RISP, and with 2 doubles. The Braves had 6 runs on 10 hits, 4 walks, and only 3 strikeouts. On the other side, the Marlins went 1-7 with RISP, had 1 run on 8 hits, and generally stunk up the joint in clutch situations. Gotta love that!

The MVP of the game is Jason Heyward. He had a 3/5 day at the plate, with 2 runs scored, and an RBI. Heyward is currently batting .275 on the year with a .333 average over the last week. If you jump in the time machine and take a look back at Jason's numbers from 2011, at this point last year he was batting .224 for the season. That's over a 50 point difference on his batting average from this year to the last. Also, he's slugging close to 90 points higher than the prior year. It's really a return to the form we believed that Jason could always play with at the plate. He's still strong in the field, and he was tested several times last night, but we need him to be the rock in the 3rd slot of the lineup once the Old Grey Mare rides off into the sunset.

We transition from the Marlins series into a series against the terrible Astros. Right now we're 6-1 on the home stand, and Chipper Jones himself said he would accept nothing less than a 8-2 record at home during this run. There's certainly less to worry about when the Braves are beating up on the bottom feeders in the league, because we're not in first place yet. We will be, though, if we continue our quality pitching and timely hitting that we've come to expect in this first two series.

Go Braves!

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