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Game 71 Recap: Yankees 8, Braves 4

I didn't get a chance to watch all of this one, as I scored a last minute free ticket to the Mexico - Venezuela soccer match at the Georgia Dome. It was really exciting, and for the Dome being only about 80% full, that was the loudest I've ever heard it by far. It was my first professional soccer game, and it was pretty cool stuff. Mexico won in a landslide, 4-nil.

Anyway, to baseball. I was following the Braves game on my iPhone until A-Rod got that two-run hit off of Jeff Bennett, who was relieving Kris Medlen (then I got disgusted). Bennett has a respectable 3.18 ERA, but that doesn't tell the whole story. As a reliever coming into close situations he has not been that good. He has allowed 7 of the 18 runners he's inherited to score. The only other reliever on the Braves with a number that high is Peter Moylan, who has allowed 7 of 23 inherited runners to score (of course, much of that was in the first month of the season).

Kenshin Kawakami was dealing, and set down every Yankees batter he faced, though the last one cost him. Opposing pitcher Joba Chamberlain hit a comebacker up the middle that struck Kawa in the neck, causing him to fall to the ground in pain. Yunel Escobar completed the play for the final out of the third inning, but Kawa could not continue, and luckily the injury was only a deep bruise, which will hopefully mean he can make his next start.

Kris Medlen relieved him and had a good first two innings, before the wheels fell off in the sixth. He took the hard luck loss, that wasn't helped by five more runs surrenedered by his bullpen mates.

On the offensive side of the ball for the Braves, Jeff Francoeur put the Braves ahead briefly in the firth with a solo homerun. Both he and Chipper each had two hits which accounted for half of the Braves hits on the night.

This seemed like just another one of those games where we keep coming up a little short.

Final - 6.24.2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 2 2 8 10 0
Atlanta Braves 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 4 8 2
WP: Joba Chamberlain (4 - 2)
SV: Mariano Rivera (16)
LP: Kris Medlen (2 - 3)

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