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Marlins Vs. Braves: Atlanta Shuts Down Florida Behind Tommy Hanson's Improved Performance

Tuesday, April 12
(5-5) Florida Marlins - 0
(5-6) Atlanta Braves - 5

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Tommy Hanson Returns to Form:
After two rough starts that brought about concerns over his arm and stuff, Hanson responded with seven shutout innings on four hits in a 5-0 win over the Marlins. He allowed two singles and two doubles in the outing, walking two and striking out five.

Hanson induced 12 ground balls to two fly balls and only one live drive. He threw 58 strikes over 98 pitches. His fastball command was much better than his previous two starts, and his velocity increased to a range of 92-94. Whatever the reason, Hanson looked like a different pitcher in his third start, and it quieted concerns about other things that might be going on (at least for me).

WPA Winners:
(ATL) Tommy Hanson: .285
(ATL) Chipper Jones: .120
(ATL) Nate McLouth: .115

WPA Losers:
(FLA) Chris Volstad: -.213
(FLA) John Buck: -.098
(FLA) Gaby Sanchez: -.084

The Game Changer:
Nate McLouth's RBI double in the third inning put the Braves ahead, 1-0.

Game graph courtesy of FanGraphs:

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