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Braves Fall to Reds 5-2

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The day and game started off well, with the Braves trading for Rick Ankiel and Kyle Farnsworth and jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. From then on, the Braves offense shut down and Bobby Cox refused to pull Jair Jurrjens when he seemed done in the seventh inning.

Jair was pitching well up until the seventh, when he allowed four runs thanks to a Jay Bruce RBI single and a two RBI double by catcher Ryan Hanigan. Melky Cabrera made an errant throw on the double which allowed Hanigan to come all the way around to score. Jair also allowed a home run to Scott Rolen in the fourth inning.

Cabrera and Omar Infante singled in the ninth, setting up Jason Heyward to face the Red's closer Francisco Cordero, whom he had the game-winning hit against last night. Heyward struck out looking to end the threat and the game.

As noted, the offense struggled for the game's final eight innings. Brian McCann had three hits and a walk, and needs just one more walk to match his total from last season. Infante went 3-5 batting leadoff and playing second in Martin Prado's absence. Cabrera added the only hit from any of the five through nine hitters, and Eric Hinske was the only other member of that group to reach base. Troy Glaus looked pitiful at the plate once again and is obviously hurting. He went 0-4 and is now 2-19 since July 24.

The Braves will look to take the series tomorrow afternoon with Tommy Hanson on the mound against Edinson Volquez. As I mentioned in the series preview, this is the most lobsided pitching matchup in the series. Despite the Braves tough loss today, a series win against Cincinnati on the road would be a good way to end the nine game road trip. Both Farnsworth and Ankiel should be avilable tomorrow, and after Melky's poor throw, I expect the Braves new outfield addition to start in centerfield.