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Colby Lewis Shuts Down Atlanta Braves, Tommy Hanson Lands on DL

June 18th, 2011 at 10:28 AM
By Cody Fields

Though Randall Delgado pitched well, his three earned runs and seven hits in his major league debut were not enough against a Texas Rangers lineup littered with All-Stars.

Delgado was solid, especially considering that he had just been called up from Double-A Mississippi. The rookie only gave up an RBI double to Nelson Cruz and a two-run home run to Josh Hamilton before being yanked for Christhian Martinez. Martinez gave up a two-run double to Cruz, bringing in Adrian Beltre and Michael and rounding out Delgado's four total runs given up.

"I was really, really impressed," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said about Delgado's debut. "For him to face the American League champions and that lineup of professional hitters, I thought he did terrific."

The other half of the game was a classic case of good pitching beating good hitting. Colby Lewis threw 6 2/3 and gave up only two runs on five hits and struck out 10 Braves.

The only Atlanta runs came on solo shots by Brian McCann and Freddie Freeman in the fourth and sixth innings, respectively. Though that brought Lewis' home run total to 19 for the year, trailing only the Houston Astros' Brett Myers, only three other Braves got hits off Lewis.

"He pitched well tonight, kept us off balance," Freeman said. "Caps off to him."

The win improves Lewis to 6-7 with a 4.80 ERA after two rough outings. Lewis also made one of the best plays of the year on a Jason Heyward dribbler up the first base line in the bottom of the fifth inning as he made a backhanded glove flip to Michael Young. (Watch video here).

Chipper Jones sat out Friday with the tweaked right abductor muscle he sustained during Thursday's game. He is still day-to-day.

The loss kept Atlanta five games behind the Philadelphia Phillies, who lost while visiting the Seattle Mariners.

The second game of the series will feature Derek Lowe (3-5, 4.02 ERA) and Matt Harrison (5-6, 3.31 ERA) at 4:10 p.m. on Fox.

Tommy Hanson was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday with right shoulder tendinitis Friday. He said it has been bothering him between starts since June 1 in San Diego. He has gone 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA in that span, including a 14 strikeout performance June 12 against Houston.

"I want to be out there pitching," Hanson said on mlb.com. "But I think it's the best move. If my shoulder is a little [agitated], then it's good to give it a rest and let the inflammation get out of there."

Hanson is eligible to come off the DL on June 28. Since the Braves have a day off on June 23, it is possible that Hanson could come back that day having only missed two starts.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Brian McCann, Chipper Jones, Colby Lewis, Freddie Freeman, Josh Hamilton, Randall Delgado, Texas Rangers, Tommy Hanson

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