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Braves Dominated By Another Mediocre Lefty, Fall To The Cubs 5-1

Jonny didn't have it tonight, and neither did Atlanta's offense
Jonny didn't have it tonight, and neither did Atlanta's offense

For the second time in three nights, the Braves were dominated by a struggling pitcher. Atlanta managed only one run over six innings off of Paul Maholm and his 4.84 ERA. Randall Delgado pitched decently, but without any run support he took the loss.

The Cubs struck first in the first, scoring on a steal play. With Starlin Castro on 3rd and Anthony Rizzo on 1st, Rizzo tried to steal 2nd base. David Ross threw out Rizzo, but Castro scored on the throw, making it 1-0 Cubs. In the bottom of the inning, Atlanta threatened, loading the bases with one out. Freddie Freeman came up to bat, and on a full count, swung at what was probably ball four, grounding into a double play to end the threat.

Atlanta managed to tie the game in the 3rd, when Michael Bourn continued his torrid hitting with a one out triple. Martin Prado put the ball in play, reaching on an infield single and scoring Bourn to tie the game at one apiece. Alas, as has seemed the norm of late, the Braves would promptly surrender the lead, this time on a Bryan LaHair solo home run in the 4th.

Atlanta would blow several more scoring chances, grounding into a double play in the 4th, and having a runner thrown out at the plate in the 6th.

Jonny Venters put the game firmly out of reach in the 7th, allowing a run to score on a wild pitch and then allowing a long home run to Jeff Baker. Anthony Varvaro pitched the final two innings, allowing a home run to Anthony Rizzo but otherwise pitching well, striking out 3 over the final two innings.

Atlanta will try to split the 4 game series with the Cubs in tomorrow's series finale, with Mike Minor taking the ball against Matt Garza.

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