Thursday, July 29, 2010

Braves sweep Cubbies, who lose two 2-1 heartbreakers

Series Boxscore

8/1-8/2 - County Stadium
GAME 1 - Braves 2, Cubs 1

Glen Hobbie hung tough against the feared Brave offense. Warren Spahn dominated the Cubbies by going 9 innings and allowing just 1 run. Unfortunately for Hobbie his mates could not muster more than that solo run. Milwaukee struck first when Chuck Cottier led off the home half of the 3rd with a solo shot. Del Crandall narrowly missed a homer with 1 out in the 6th, but was happy to settle with a sac fly that scored Eddie Mathews to put the Braves up 2-0. Don Zimmer knocked in Sammy Taylor with a 1 out fielder's choice in the top of the 8th to cut the Braves lead to 1, which is how it would stay as Spahn was just too strong.

GAME 2 - Braves 11, Cubs 2
Bob Anderson was treated to a shellacking as the Braves unloaded with an 11 run barrage in 3+ innings. A 7 run 4th put the game completely out of reach as Bob Buhl turned his dial to cruise control against the Cubbies. Interestingly the Braves scored 11 runs on only 8 hits. One of those 8 hits accounted for four runs, when Del Crandall hit a grand slam in the 4th. Hank Aaron and Joe Adcock also homered for Milwaukee. Chicago's only offense came in the form of 2 Ernie Banks solo shots.

8/3 - Wrigley Field
GAME 3 - Braves 2, Cubs 1

A shockingly low score at the "friendly confines" saw the Braves close out the Cubbies in a 3 game sweep. Dick Ellsworth battled his way through almost 8 innings, but could not match he near perfect performance of Lew Burdette. Milwaukee scored first on a ground out by Chuck Cottier in the top of the second. The Cubbies answered right back in the home half of the inning when El Tappe singled home Ed Bouchee with 2 out. Eddie Mathews would hit a 2 out solo shot off of Ellsworth in the top of the 3rd and little did everyone know it, but that would be the end of the scoring on the day. Chicago did frighten the heck out of the Braves in the bottom of th 9th when Don Zimmer reached safely on a throwing error by Brave shortstop Johnny Logan. With 1 out George Altman singled to put runners on the corners. Ed Bouchee fouled off what seemed like 100 pitches before working out a walk off of Burdette, who would be removed in favor of George Brunet in order to get the desired lefty/lefty matchup vs George Will. Brunet came up big as Will hit a tailor made 1 hopper to Logan at short for a game and series ending DP.

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