Braves vs. Marlins: Tim Hudson Dominates, Arodys Vizcaino Debuts In 6-2 Victory

The Braves conclude their nine-game road trip in Florida this week. Alex Gonzalez hit a big 3-run homer and Derek Lowe pitched well in game one.

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Braves vs. Marlins: Atlanta Completes Sweep With 6-2 Victory

Sunlife Stadium has been a house of horrors for the Atlanta Braves over the course of the last few seasons. Now, the team seemingly doesn't want to leave as they improved to 6-0 at the Marlins home ballpark with a victory on Wednesday night.

Tim Hudson dominated and continued to be Atlanta's best pitcher since the All-Star Break. The right-handed veteran ended up tossing 7.1 innings while allowing just six hits and a walk. He struck out seven, and his lone mistake pitch was a solo-home run he surrender to Logan Morrison late in the game. George Sherrill allowed just one unearned one while working out of a bases loaded, one out jam and Jonny Venters recorded a save after throwing four pitches.

Top-prospect Arodys Vizcaino made his debut in the ninth but was unable to finish the inning. He was understandably nervous and didn't have complete control of his fastball. He was being squeezed quite a bit, though, and only bright days are ahead of him in Atlanta.

The Braves knocked Marlins starter Anibal Sanchez out in the second inning. Dan Uggla continued his hitting streak in the first inning with a 2-RBI single up the middle to score Michael Bourn and Martin Prado. Tim Hudson helped himself out with an RBI-single to left after Jose Constanza -- who recorded three hits of his own -- singled and stole second base. Eric Hinske delivered the big blow with a 2-RBI double to the right field gap to blow the game wide open. David Ross would also come around to score on a wild pitch.

Atlanta takes both the victory and the sweep of the series. They'll head home and have an off-day before starting a critical 10-game home stand on Friday. The Chicago Cubs are up first, with the first pitch coming shortly after the Bobby Cox ceremonies conclude.


Dan Uggla Ties Atlanta Braves Record With 31 Game Streak

Dan Uggla is now tied with Rico Carty for the longest hitting streak in Atlanta Braves history. With runners on second and third in the first inning, Uggla smashed a first pitch fastball back up the middle to drive in two runs and continue his hitting streak. For a player who had kept it alive with back-to-back games with an infield single, it was good to see our slugging second baseman hit a ball well.

Uggla will have to wait until Friday night to go for the all-time Atlanta record. The team will face the Chicago Cubs at Turner Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:35, though it'll be delayed. It's Bobby Cox Night. Tickets are going fast so if you plan on attending the game you should act quickly.

Stay tuned to SB Nation Atlanta for complete coverage of Dan Uggla and his pursuit of the all-time baseball record held by Joe DiMaggio. For more Braves coverage, be sure to check out the folks over at Talking Chop.


Braves vs. Marlins: Atlanta Blows Lead Late, Wins In Extra Innings

The Braves should have had the win on Tuesday night in just nine innings. Poor management and failures to cash in with runners in scoring position let the Marlins back into the game. Fortunately for Atlanta, they had Martin Prado on their side and a bullpen that would prove to be better.

Atlanta had a comfortable lead of 3-0 heading into the seventh inning. Brandon Beachy was dominating -- he had pitched six innings with just three hits, no runs and 10 strikeouts to that point -- but a brief lack of command let the Marlins back into the game. Mike Stanton walked, and after recording the first out of the inning, Mike Cameron walked as well. Beachy got Bryan Petersen to pop out in foul territory. At 105 pitches and just out left to get in the inning, one would expect the starting pitcher to remain in the game. 

Fredi Gonzalez didn't think so. He pulled his starter and brought in Anthony Varvaro, a young reliever who has had success to this point in his career despite relying on the high fastball too much. John Buck got one of those high fastballs and he sent it over the left field wall to tie the game at 3-3. 

The game headed into extras and made it all the way into the 11th before concluding. Eric Hinske walked to lead off the inning, but pinch-runner Jason Heyward was picked off first base. Replays indicated Heyward was probably safe, but to no avail. Fortunately, Michael Bourn continued his excellent play since coming over last week and doubled. Martin Prado, who previously homered and drove in a run with an RBI-single, hit a ball through the right side of the infield. Bourn raced around third base and scored easily after Mike Stanton airmailed the throw.

Stanton walked to lead off the bottom half of the inning, but Brett Hayes bunted the ball right into Freddie Freeman's glove for the first out. Mike Cameron hit a ball well, but it was right at Alex Gonzalez who started a 6-4-3 double play.

Atlanta wins a thriller 4-3. They'll go for the series sweep Wednesday night, weather permitting. It'll be Tim Hudson against Anibal Sanchez.


Dan Uggla Extends Hitting Streak To 30 Games

Dan Uggla has now recorded a hit in 30 straight games. After going hitless in his first two at-bats on Wednesday night, Uggla hit a sharp grounder to Marlins shortstop Emilio Bonifacio in the fifth inning. Despite Bonifacio reaching the ball in time to attempt a throw to first base, Uggla was hustling down the line the entire way and beat the throw with relative ease.

The scattered Braves fans in the crowd of 4,000 or so at Sunlife Stadium cheered as he moved one step closer to both the Braves and Major League record. He trails Rico Carty by just one game to be tied for the all-time lead among Atlanta Braves and is 26 away from overtaking Joe DiMaggio and his 70-year old record.

Stay tuned to SB Nation Atlanta for complete coverage of Dan Uggla and his quest for history. For more Braves news, be sure to check out Talking Chop.


Braves vs. Marlins: Lineups Set For Tuesday, August 9

The Braves and Marlins will continue their three-game series Tuesday night. Both teams have announced their lineups for this evening. No Jason Heyward for Atlanta, no Hanley Ramirez or Gaby Sanchez for Florida.


Michael Bourn - CF
Martin Prado - LF
Freddie Freeman - 1B
Dan Uggla - 2B
Chipper Jones - 3B
Alex Gonzalez - SS
David Ross - C
Jose Constanza - RF
Brandon Beachy - P


Emilio Bonifacio - SS
Alfredo Amezaga - 2B
Greg Dobbs - 3B
Mike Stanton - RF
Logan Morrison - 1B
Mike Cameron - CF
Bryan Petersen - LF
John Buck - C
Clay Hensley - P

First pitch is schedule for 7:10EDT.


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