We pulled off a pretty big win. In the process, we made Johan Santana look like a mere average pitcher, getting 3 runs on 9 hits off of him while only striking out twice. The Braves broadcasters nicknamed Kenshin Kawakami "The Dragon Slayer," for his ability to go up against the best pitchers in baseball and beat them. He had a terrific game after a rough first inning, and gave the Braves exactly what they needed to get the win, in the process he dropped his ERA below 4.00 to 3.97.
The offense started off with 2 runs in the third inning on back to back doubles by Adam LaRoche and Ryan Church, and a sac fly from Omar Infante. Brian McCann crushed another homerun into the right field stands an inning later for his 15th homerun on the season.
The offense could have scored more but for 3 double plays, including a big DP from Chipper Jones that came with the bases loaded. Chipper is in major struggle mode. He didn't get a single hit this series, and hasn't had a hit in his last 5 games -- 0-for-his-last-17! That's very un-Chipper. He's had a couple of bad streaks like this lately.
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|New York Mets||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2||9||0|
|WP: Kenshin Kawakami (6 - 9)
SV: Rafael Soriano (18)
LP: Johan Santana (13 - 9)