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Rick Ankiel Clears Bases, Braves Win 5-3

Rick Ankiel had a huge day today, hitting a go-ahead bases clearing triple in the bottom of the ninth with two outs, recording an outfield assist on an amazing throw, and adding a single early in the game.

Since being acquired by Atlanta from Kansas City, many have been aggravated with how Rick Ankiel has performed. He has not hit for much power nor has he gotten many hits, it has been a rough first few weeks in Atlanta for pitcher-turned-outfielder. Today was a much different story, as Ankiel came through with a bases clearing triple in the top of the ninth, with two outs, and two strikes against one of the top strikeout pitchers in all of baseball in Carlos Marmol. Ankiel was waiting on slider and put it into right field to give thmesleves the lead as they won the opener of a three game set in Chicago.

Read more about Ankiel's great day, Derrek Lee's debut, and Jair Jurrjens' shaky but solid start at Talking Chop. The Braves are in the midst of a great season highlighted by a ton of walk-off and last at-bat victories, so be sure to get your Braves fix right here and over at TC.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.