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Brian McCann Blasts Two Home Runs as Atlanta Braves Defeat Chicago Cubs

August 25th, 2011 at 8:04 PM
By Cory Guinn

The Atlanta Braves offense got off to a hot start early on and Brian McCann hit two home runs in the game as the Atlanta Braves downed the Chicago Cubs 8-3 on Thursday night.

Brandon Beachy was given the start for Atlanta and picked up his seventh win of the season after pitching six quality innings, allowing just three runs on six hits while recording eight strikeouts. Relievers Arodys Vizcaino, Eric O'Flaherty and Cristhian Martinez combined to pitch three innings of scoreless baseball while allowing one hit between them.

 

The Braves got the scoring going early after three-run home run by McCann in the first inning gave the team a lead it would never relinquish. Michael Bourn lead off the game with a single and advance to second after Martin Prado reached on an error by Cubs start Matt Garza. McCann then stepped to the plate and launched a long home run to right center to start the scoring for Atlanta.

The Cubs picked up all three of their runs early in the game after scoring one run in the first and two in the second before Atlanta ran up the score.

With the top of the lineup beginning the third, Bourn picked up his second hit of the game to lead off the inning. After Prado reached on another error by the Cubs and McCann walked to load the bases, Dan Uggla earned a walk to bring Bourn home from third. With the bases still loaded, Freddie Freeman singled to drive in Prado and bring the Braves lead to 5-3.

Atlanta continued to add runs to the board after Jason Heyward drove in Uggla with a sacrifice fly in the fifth before McCann hit his second home run of the game and his 22nd of the season in the seventh inning. Bourn had an RBI-single in the ninth inning to bring the final score to 8-3 in favor of Atlanta.

Bourn finished the game a stellar 4-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI, while McCann was 2-for-4 with two home runs, two runs scored and four RBI.

On Friday Atlanta will begin a three-game weekend series with division rival New York. The first game of the series will see Braves veteran Tim Hudson (13-7, 3.01 ERA) take the hill again the Mets' Chris Capuano (9-11, 4.71 ERA) at 7:10 p.m.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Brandon Beachy, Brian McCann, Michael Bourn, MLB

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