Braves broadcaster Joe Simpson has used a catchphrase of, "Hotter than a dancing bobcat" on various telecasts throughout the years. After scoring nine or more runs for the fourth consecutive game, it's safe to say the Atlanta Braves are hotter than a dancing bobcat.
Brandon Beachy continued to dominate on the mound, working 7.1 shutout innings. He allowed just four hits -- two of which came in the eighth inning before being pulled -- and walked one, striking out five batters in the process. Beachy improved his league-leading ERA to 0.47 and is now 2-1 on the young season.
Freddie Freeman continued to amaze, recording two doubles, a single, a walk and driving in two runs. With Atlanta up just 1-0 in the fifth, Brian McCann hit a crucial 2-run homer. Every starter other than Tyler Pastornicky recorded a hit, and every starter other than Pastornicky and Chipper Jones drove in at least one run. Michael Bourn stole his sixth base of the season.
Chad Durbin worked out of a bases loaded jam in the eighth without allowing a run to score. Craig Kimbrel, appearing in his first game since Tuesday, was a bit rusty on the mound and allowed one run to score before closing out the game.
The Braves will look to win the series on Saturday night. Tommy Hanson will take the mound for Atlanta and will be opposed by lefty Joe Saunders. First pitch is set for 8:10 ET.
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