Braves rookie keys shutout of Mets
Hanson cruised through another start, pitching seven innings, and LaRoche homered twice and drove in three runs to lead the
Hanson (10-3) has allowed just one run in his last 20 innings to reach double-figure wins in a brilliant debut season. He could have had No. 10 in his last start, pitching eight scoreless inning at Houston, only to have
“It was nice to get a few runs early,” said Hanson, who allowed three hits, walked three and struck out eight. “The last few outings, everything has felt good.”
The winning streak has likely come a little late for the
“We have absolutely nothing to lose. We have zero pressure,” LaRoche said. “We’re in a bad position. Everyone is just going out there and doing their thing.”
LaRoche went 4 for 4, including solo homers in the second and the sixth, giving him 25 this season – 12 since he was acquired from the Boston
LaRoche scored four runs and became the first
“I’m just swinging at good pitches,” he said. “I get in trouble when I start chasing.”
McLouth’s two-run double off
“He looks like a very good young pitcher,” New York manager Jerry Manuel said. “We’ll probably be battling him a long time in this division. It looks like he has command of all his pitches. When he gets behind in the count, he can go to his off-speed pitches. That’s a good trait.”
Hanson didn’t allow a runner past second base.
“His pitches weren’t quite as crisp in spring training,” Murphy said. “Apparently, he has found it. He’s making better pitches. He lives on the corners.”
Misch went five innings, surrendering eight hits and four runs. He walked one and didn’t strike out anyone.
Hanson had a good night at the plate with three straight sacrifice bunts, each coming after Infante singled. … Heavy rain washed out batting practice, but the game started on time and there were no more showers. … The crowd was announced at 25,094, but there appeared to be less than 10,000 people at Turner Field. … The