Atlanta Braves Fight Back: Win 11-7

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Atlanta Braves Fight Back: Win 11-7
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Brooks Conrad left Arizona's Chase Field, a dirty man — and he earned every speck. 

After the Braves blew a five run lead, with Tommy Hanson leaving with a 7-2 lead after five, the Braves got a huge boost from Brooks Conrad. 

Braves reliever Cristhian Martinez was greeted in the 7th with a blast by Chris Young, a single by Kelly Johnson, and a run-scoring groundout by Stephen Drew. 

Jonny Venters didn't fair much better in the eighth. 

After walking Mark Reynolds, Venters made an errant throw to first, Chris Young walked to load the bases, and Kelly Johnson doubled them all home. 

Score tied, lead blown. Enter Brooks Conrad.

Conrad singled, stole second, and then beat Justin Upton's throw to home plate by literally crawling around catcher John Hester to score. 

That sparked a rally, with Brian McCann scoring on a single by Jason Heyward, Martin Prado scoring on a single by Eric Hinske, and Jason Heyward scoring on a sac fly by Troy Glaus. 

Peter Moylan, the goat from last night, came on in the eighth to get the final out before the Braves broke out their rally caps; Moylan got the win. 

Billy Wagner came on and pitched the ninth to get the save.

The Braves extended their lead after Philadelphia lost to the Marlins on a four hit effort by Josh Johnson; their lead currently stands at 2.5 games. 

Bobby Cox also savored his last game at Chase Field, bidding former Braves Adam LaRoche and Kelly Johnson a goodbye with a hard-fought win. 

NOTES:

  • Nate McLouth was kept out of today's game as a precaution.  During the collision with Heyward that led to the game-winning inside the park homer by Gerardo Parra, McLouth hit his head. He should return for the next game.
  • Chris Resop is close to a promotion, and hs blown away hitters at the AAA Level (.200 BAA, era under 2.00). Look for the righty to get a good deal of work upon his callup.
  • The Braves signed their first-round pick, prep star Matt Lipka. Lipka, 18, is a shortstop with power and speed who may move to the outfield at some point. The Braves, with their woes in centerfield, may elect to put him there and prime him to be the next heir-apparent in center to accompany Heyward.
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