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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Hanson Impresses Again, Braves Beat Mets

Tommy Hanson's only mistake was allowing a two-run home run to Fernando Tatis in the first inning. Mets starter Livan Hernandez allowed just one run in five innings of work, outpitching Braves prospect Tommy Hanson. However, the Braves teed off on Freddy Garcia and cruised to a 7-4 win.

Hanson allowed a two-run homer to Fernando Tatis in the first inning and escaped trouble otherwise. He pitched four innings and allowed three hits and two walks; he struck out three Mets.

Livan Hernandez helped his case for a starting rotation spot for the Mets, going five innings and giving up just one run on five hits. He walked none and struck out three.

After Freddy Garcia entered the game, the Braves struck. They pounded the pitcher for seven hits and five runs in two innings, including a three-run shot by third baseman Martin Prado. The Mets didn't get back on the board until the ninth inning, with two runs off of Zach Schreiber, but by then, it was too late.

Jordan Schafer, further making his case to be in the starting lineup for Opening Day, went 3-5 with an run and RBI. Brandon Jones went 3-4 and drove in a run. Kelly Johnson went 2-3 with a double and a run scored. Martin Prado added a double to his three-run homer; he scored two runs as well.

Andy Green drove in the two runs in the ninth with a home run off of Schreiber. In addition to his home run, Tatis walked twice.

Blaine Boyer tossed two scoreless innings for the Braves and earned the win. Eric O'Flaherty pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless ball and Rafael Cruz chipped in with the other 1/3 of an inning.

Javier Vazquez will start tonight for the Braves against the Tigers.

W - Blaine Boyer (1-0)
L - Freddy Garcia (0-3)
HR - ATL - Martin Prado (1)
NYM - Fernando Tatis (2)
Andy Green (2)

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