Braves Vs. Angels, Game 3: Angels Take Series With 4-1 Win

The Braves look to turn things around on the West Coast trip as they begin interleague play, visiting the Angels for three games.

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Braves Vs. Angels Final Score: Offense Struggles As Angels Take Series With 4-1 Win

The offense failed in the rubber game of the series in Los Angeles as the Angels beat the Braves to take the series, 4-1.

The Braves got the scoring started in the second when Joe Mather singled home a run with two outs. However, the Angels answered in the fourth with a two-run homer by Torii Hunter to take a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

The Angels added insurance runs in the sixth and seventh on an RBI groundout by Alexi Amarista and RBI double by Bobby Abreu.

The two starters dueled over six innings. Derek Lowe allowed three runs on five hits in six innings, walking five and striking out five. He recorded a good whiff rate and kept the hits to a minimum, but he also walked five and gave up two big extra base hits that resulted in three runs.

Tyler Chatwood gave up one run on five hits in seven innings, walking two and striking out six. He was more efficient than Lowe, throwing 10 more strikes over one more pitch while walking just two and allowing the same number of hits.

Behind Lowe, George Sherrill gave up a run while recording just one out as he allowed the RBI double to Abreu. Scott Proctor left Abreu on base with two quick outs in the seventh. Scott Linebrink pitched a scoreless eighth.

Behind Chatwood, Scott Downs pitched a scoreless eighth and Jordan Walden pitched a scoreless ninth.

Mather went 1-2 with a RBI and walk, going 6-9 with a homer and five RBIs in his last two games. Freddie Freeman went 2-3 with a double and scored. The Braves had just five hits and two walks.

Hunter went 2-4 with a double, homer and two RBIs. Abreu went 1-3 with a double and RBI. Amarista added the other RBI. Maicer Izturis added two singles.

For more on the series, Braves fans check out Talking Chop and Angels fans check out Halos Heaven.

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Braves Vs. Angels Score: Nate McLouth Leaves Game; Angels Lead 2-1 Through Five

All it takes for a struggling pitcher to right the ship is a visit by the Braves. Tyler Chatwood has allowed one run through five innings as the Angels lead, 2-1.

The Braves took a 1-0 lead in the second when Freddie Freeman doubled with two outs and Joe Mather singled him in. Mather continues to swing a good bat.

The Braves loaded the bases in the third on two singles and a walk, but Dan Uggla fouled out to first to end the inning. Uggla continues to swing a terrible bat. The Angels threatened for the first time in the home half of the third with two in scoring position, but Erick Aybar struck out to end the inning.

The Angels quickly took the lead in the fourth when Bobby Abreu walked and Torii Hunter hit a two-run homer.

Chatwood has allowed one run on four hits in five innings, walking two and striking out four. Derek Lowe has allowed two runs on four hits in five innings, walking three and striking out five. Lowe is getting a good amount of whiffs but also is having a some control issues. I wouldn't expect either pitcher to go past the sixth, or possibly the seventh, unless they have very efficient sixth innings.

Nate McLouth left the game after four pitches in the first inning with a tweaked oblique. Diory Hernandez came in to finish the at-bat and moved to third base, putting Martin Prado in left field and Mather in center. The injury bug bites again.

For more on the series, Braves fans check out Talking Chop and Angels fans check out Halos Heaven.

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Braves Vs. Angels: Atlanta Goes For Series Win Without Chipper Jones, Jason Heyward

The Braves and Angels face off in the rubber game of the three-game series beginning at 3:35 on Fox Sports South.

Braves Lineup:
1. Nate McLouth, CF
2. Martin Prado, LF
3. Brian McCann, DH
4. Eric Hinske, LF
5. Dan Uggla, 2B
6. Freddie Freeman, 1B
7. Joe Mather, RF
8. Alex Gonzalez, SS
9. David Ross, C

Angels Lineup:
1. Maicer Izturis, 2B
2. Erick Aybar, SS
3. Bobby Abreu, DH
4. Torii Hunter, RF
5. Alberto Callaspo, 3B
6. Mark Trumbo, 1B
7. Alexi Amarista, LF
8. Jeff Mathis, C
9. Peter Bourjos, CF

Derek Lowe (57.2 IP, 3.43 ERA, 3.19 FIP, 2.92 xFIP, 2.65 BB/9, 7.96 K/9, 56 GB%, 9.3 SwStr%)
(47.4 FB%, 27.7 SL%, 15.4 CH%, 9.5 CT%; 39.9 Swing%, 76.4 Contact%)
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Tyler Chatwood (44 IP, 4.50 ERA, 5.49 FIP, 5.28 xFIP, 5.52 BB/9, 3.89 K/9, 46.5 GB%, 4.3 SwStr%)
(73.1 FB%, 18.7 CB%, 8.2 CH%; 41.6 Swing%, 89 Contact%)

Lowe rebounded from a five-run outing against the Nationals by allowing just one run on five hits in seven innings against the Astros, not walking any and striking out four. He had 10 fly balls, but he also had 12 ground balls while not walking any for the second time this season. Lowe's K/9 is steadily decreasing back to the norm, but if he can maintain his solid walk rate, which is at its best since joining the Braves, he will be fine.

Chatwood is going through the rookie struggles, recording a very high walk rate and very low strikeout rate with a respectable ground ball rate. He has the same number of, or more walks than strikeouts in six of eight starts, and his fWAR sits at -0.2. His last start was his worse, allowing seven runs in 2.1 innings against the Athletics in a 14-0 loss.

Opposing Numbers:
Torii Hunter is 6-22 with two homers against Lowe. Bobby Abreu is 5-14 with a homer. Maicer Izturis has hit Lowe hard to the tune of 6-13 with two doubles. Erick Aybar is 2-9.

What to Look For:
Chatwood is struggling for the Angels, and with the late comeback on Saturday, it may be what the Braves need to get the offense going.

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Braves Vs. Angels Final Score: Joe Mather Sparks Late Comeback For 5-4 Atlanta Win

It appeared to be another lowly night for the Braves offense until Joe Mather took things into his own hands. The Braves scored four in the seventh and one in the 12th to take the 5-4 win.

The Angels got on the board in the first with a two-run home run by Bobby Abreu. Nothing happened until the fifth when Torii Hunter added two more for the Angels on a two-run single.

The Braves were held scoreless through six, but Joel Pineiro ran out of gas quickly in the seventh. With two on, Mather hit a three-run homer to bring the Braves back to within one. Brian McCann followed with an RBI double to tie the game at four.

Both teams held the 4-4 tie until the 12th when Mather struck for an RBI double for the 5-4 lead.

Mather had a career day, going 4-6 with a double, homer and four RBIs. McCann went 2-4 with two doubles and an RBI. Martin Prado, Eric Hinske, Alex Gonzalez and Freddie Freeman each had two hits. The Braves had 17 hits but left 14 on base. Compare that to five hits for the Angels and six left on base.

Tommy Hanson didn't have his best stuff, allowing four runs on five hits in six innings, walking four and striking out seven. He kept the hits to a minimum, but the Angels struck when they had the opportunity. Hanson's command wasn't spot on, either, walking three unintentionally.

The bullpen was dominant in 12 scoreless innings behind Hanson. Eric O'Flaherty pitched a scoreless seventh, Jonny Venters pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth, George Sherrill pitched a scoreless 10th with two strikeouts, Scott Proctor pitched a scoreless 11th for the win, and Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless 12th for the save.

Pineiro pitched six shutout innings before allowing four runs in the seventh. His final line was 6.1 innings, allowing four runs on 11 hits with no walks and two strikeouts.

The bullpen held the Braves scoreless until the 12th when Trevor Bell gave up the go-ahead run.

Hunter went 2-5 with two RBIs. Abreu went 1-3 with a homer, two RBIs and two walks. The Angels walked seven times.

For more on the series, Braves fans check out Talking Chop and Angels fans check out Halos Heaven.

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Braves Vs. Angels Final Score: Six-Run Third Lifts Angels To 9-0 Win Over Atlanta

The Angels got to Tim Hudson for eight runs in less than four full innings en route to a 9-0 shutout win over the Braves in the series opener.

The Braves dropped their third straight in quick fashion as Hudson allowed six runs in the third inning. Bobby Abreu doubled in a run, Torii Hunter singled in a run, Hank Conger grounded out to score a run, and Mark Trumbo capped the inning with a three-run home run on a hanging slider.

The Angels went back to work in the fourth with two more runs on a two-run single by Alberto Callaspo. This chased Hudson from the game having allowed eight runs on seven hits in 3.2 innings, walking three and striking out two. His command was off, leaving several balls up and over the plate along with several bad luck hits. His control was off, hitting three batters, the most for a Braves pitcher since Chuck James in 2008.

Cristhian Martinez relieved Hudson and allowed one run in 2.1 innings. Jairo Asencio pitched two scoreless innings on one hit.

Ervin Santana pitched a complete-game shutout for the Angels, allowing four hits with no walks and seven strikeouts. He was never even threatened with a run. The Braves had two baserunners through the first six innings on two singles by Eric Hinske and Joe Mather. The same two singled in the seventh and eighth. Atlanta never reached second base.

Trumbo went 3-4 with a double, homer and three RBIs. Callaspo added two hits and three RBIs. Abreu, Hunter and Conger had one RBI each. Peter Bourjos went 1-3 with a double and two runs scored.

For more on the series, Braves fans check out Talking Chop and Angels fans check out Halos Heaven.

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Braves Vs. Angels Score: Angels Jump On Tim Hudson For Eight Runs, Lead Atlanta Through Six, 9-0

Tim Hudson failed to go four full innings in one of the worst starts of his career, allowing eight runs on seven hits. The Angels lead the Braves through six innings, 9-0.

Hudson went 3.2 innings, allowing eight runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out two. His command wasn't there beginning in the third when he gave up six runs, three on a homer by Mark Trumbo. The others came on an RBI double by Bobby Abreu that was preceded by a double from Peter Bourjos, a Torii Hunter RBI single, and a Hank Conger RBI groundout.

Alberto Callaspo singled home two in the fourth and chased Hudson from the game. It's the second-most runs allowed by Hudson in a start in his career.

The Braves have just two hits through six innings - singles by Eric Hinske and Joe Mather. Angels starter Ervin Santana retired 12 in a row before Mather's single in the sixth. On the other hand, Atlanta has only left two on base, so you can look at it that way.

You could also look at it as the Braves' caps look a million times better than the Angels'.

For more on the series, Braves fans check out Talking Chop and Angels fans check out Halos Heaven.

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Braves Vs. Angels: Atlanta Hopes Lineup Changes Make Impact In Series Opener

The Braves and Angels kick off a three-game series with a 10:05 start on Friday. The game is found on SportSouth.

Braves Lineup:
1. Martin Prado, LF
2. Dan Uggla, 2B
3. Brian McCann, C
4. Chipper Jones, 3B
5. Eric Hinske, LF
6. Freddie Freeman, 1B
7. Alex Gonzalez, SS
8. Nate McLouth, CF
9. Joe Mather, RF
Tim Hudson, SP

Angels Lineup:
1. Maicer Izturis, 2B
2. Erick Aybar, SS
3. Bobby Abreu, DH
4. Torii Hunter, RF
5. Alberto Callaspo, 3B
6. Hank Conger, C
7. Mark Trumbo, 1B
8. Alexi Amarista, LF
9. Peter Bourjos, CF
Ervin Santana, SP

Tim Hudson (62.1 IP, 3.03 ERA, 3.52 FIP, 3.70 xFIP, 2.17 BB/9, 4.62 K/9, 58.7 GB%, 7.3 SwStr%)
(60.6 FB%, 15.9 SL%, 9 SF%, 5.3 CB%, 5 CT%, 4.3 CH%; 47.9 Swing%, 84.6 Contact%)
vs.
Ervin Santana (55.2 IP, 4.85 ERA, 3.90 FIP, 3.62 xFIP, 2.43 BB/9, 7.76 K/9, 35.7 GB%, 7.9 SwStr%)
(61 FB%, 37.1 SL%, 2 CH%; 43 Swing%, 81.4 Contact%)

Despite shaky control, Hudson pitched another solid game in his last start against the Phillies, allowing two runs on four hits in seven innings with five walks and three strikeouts. After an abnormally high fly ball rate against the Nationals in his prior start, he went back to double digit ground balls against the Phillies. Hudson felt a pop in his hip during the outing but appears to be fine for his start.

Santana has pitched much better than his ERA indicates. His K/BB is at its best since 2008, and he has shown spurts of good ground ball ability. He was working on a no-hitter in Boston three starts ago before rain ended it in the fourth inning. Since then, he has allowed nine runs in 13 innings, including four homers. Santana relies on a deadly slider that is by far his best pitch.

Opposing Numbers:
It should come as no surprise that the Braves haven't seen Santana much. Alex Gonzalez is 1-12 with four strikeouts. Eric Hinske is 0-7 with four strikeouts. Chipper Jones is 0-2 and Brian McCann is 1-3.

A couple of old Angels have experience against Hudson. Torii Hunter is 9-32 with two doubles, a homer and five RBIs. Bobby Abreu is 3-11.

What to Look For:
Santana is no pushover, so the Braves will have their hands full in turning their offensive troubles around. Fredi Gonzalez has elected to go with a different lineup, including Chipper hitting fourth, so we'll see how that plays out.

For more on the series, Braves fans check out Talking Chop and Angels fans check out Halos Heaven.

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Braves Vs. Angels: Atlanta Seeks Better Results In Anaheim Against The Angels

The Braves got off on the wrong foot in their West Coast trip as they lost two straight to the Diamondbacks in tough losses. They're looking to turn things around in Anaheim as they play the Angels for three games in the first interleague series of the season.

Despite the awful moves this offseason, the Angels are a respectable 22-23, only 1.5 games out of first. However, they are entering this series having lost five in a row, losing two straight to both the Athletics and Mariners.

Friday, May 20 - 10:05 (SportSouth)
Tim Hudson (62.1 IP, 3.03 ERA, 3.52 FIP, 3.70 xFIP, 2.17 BB/9, 4.62 K/9, 58.7 GB%, 7.3 SwStr%)
(60.6 FB%, 15.9 SL%, 9 SF%, 5.3 CB%, 5 CT%, 4.3 CH%; 47.9 Swing%, 84.6 Contact%)
vs.
Ervin Santana (55.2 IP, 4.85 ERA, 3.90 FIP, 3.62 xFIP, 2.43 BB/9, 7.76 K/9, 35.7 GB%, 7.9 SwStr%)
(61 FB%, 37.1 SL%, 2 CH%; 43 Swing%, 81.4 Contact%)

Despite shaky control, Hudson pitched another solid game in his last start against the Phillies, allowing two runs on four hits in seven innings with five walks and three strikeouts. After an abnormally high fly ball rate against the Nationals in his prior start, he went back to double digit ground balls against the Phillies. Hudson felt a pop in his hip during the outing but appears to be fine for his start.

Santana has pitched much better than his ERA indicates. His K/BB is at its best since 2008, and he has shown spurts of good ground ball ability. He was working on a no-hitter in Boston three starts ago before rain ended it in the fourth inning. Since then, he has allowed nine runs in 13 innings, including four homers. Santana relies on a deadly slider that is by far his best pitch.

Saturday, May 21 - 10:05 (SportSouth)
Tommy Hanson (53.2 IP, 2.35 ERA, 2.75 FIP, 2.82 xFIP, 2.35 BB/9, 9.06 K/9, 46.4 GB%, 9 SwStr%)
(55.9 FB%, 22.1 SL%, 15.1 CB%, 6.9 CH%; 43.4 Swing%, 79.1 Contact%)
vs.
Joel Pineiro (27.1 IP, 1.98 ERA, 3.89 FIP, 3.94 xFIP, 2.63 BB/9, 4.28 K/9, 56.3 GB%, 5 SwStr%)
(66 FB%, 12.4 SL%, 11.3 CB%, 10.2 CH%; 44.7 Swing%, 88.5 Contact%)

Hanson allowed two runs on three hits in seven innings against the Astros last time out, including his fifth career double digit strikeout total, which reached 10 with one walk. With apologies to Jair Jurrjens, Hanson is having the best season of the Braves starters, posting a K/BB well above his total of 3.09 last season, sitting at 3.86 right now. His ground ball rate is also up five percentage points.

Pineiro thrives on control and ground balls, posting a career BB/9 of 2.51 and GB% of 49.4%, though it has been over 50% the past three seasons. He won't have big strikeout or swinging strike numbers, but he keeps the ball in the park at a tremendous rate (8.3% HR/FB) and doesn't walk batters. Pineiro allowed three runs on seven hits in seven innings against the Athletics last time out, and he has double digit ground ball numbers in all four starts.

Sunday, May 22 - 3:35 (Fox Sports South)
Derek Lowe (57.2 IP, 3.43 ERA, 3.19 FIP, 2.92 xFIP, 2.65 BB/9, 7.96 K/9, 56 GB%, 9.3 SwStr%)
(47.4 FB%, 27.7 SL%, 15.4 CH%, 9.5 CT%; 39.9 Swing%, 76.4 Contact%)
vs.
Tyler Chatwood (44 IP, 4.50 ERA, 5.49 FIP, 5.28 xFIP, 5.52 BB/9, 3.89 K/9, 46.5 GB%, 4.3 SwStr%)
(73.1 FB%, 18.7 CB%, 8.2 CH%; 41.6 Swing%, 89 Contact%)

Lowe rebounded from a five-run outing against the Nationals by allowing just one run on five hits in seven innings against the Astros, not walking any and striking out four. He had 10 fly balls, but he also had 12 ground balls while not walking any for the second time this season. Lowe's K/9 is steadily decreasing back to the norm, but if he can maintain his solid walk rate, which is at its best since joining the Braves, he will be fine.

Chatwood is going through the rookie struggles, recording a very high walk rate and very low strikeout rate with a respectable ground ball rate. He has the same number of, or more walks than strikeouts in six of eight starts, and his fWAR sits at -0.2. His last start was his worse, allowing seven runs in 2.1 innings against the Athletics in a 14-0 loss.

Angels Bullpen:
Jordan Walden leads the pen with seven saves and a 3.26 ERA. Rich Thompson has allowed six runs in 21 innings. The Angels have suffered from the loss of Francisco Rodriguez and the struggles of Fernando Rodney, but young arms have taken over somewhat.

Projected Angels Lineup:
1. Erick Aybar, SS
2. Bobby Abreu, DH
3. Maicer Izturis 2B
4. Torii Hunter, RF
5. Howie Kendrick, LF
6. Alberto Callaspo, 3B
7. Mark Trumbo, 1B
8. Jeff Mathis, C
9. Peter Bourjos, CF

For more on the series, Braves fans check out Talking Chop and Angels fans check out Halos Heaven.

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