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Five-run Inning Costs Atlanta Braves Five-game Winning Streak

April 22nd, 2012 at 8:18 PM
By Cody Fields

Randall Delgado has had a tendency in his Major League starts to have a single bad inning. Sunday, that bad inning was enough to cost the Atlanta Braves their five-game winning streak as they fell 6-4 to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

After getting two outs in the second inning, the Diamondbacks loaded the bases with a single, double and intentional walk to get to the pitcher, Ian Kennedy. Delgado then committed the cardinal sin of walking the pitcher on four pitches with the bases loaded.

It only took two pitches for Gerardo Parra to teach Delgado that lesson the hard way when he hit a grand slam into the pool at Chase Field.

Aside from the five runs in the second, Delgado gave up no other runs in 5 1/3 innings. He also struck out six in what is believed to be his final start before Tim Hudson returns from the disabled list. Tommy Hanson is slated to start Friday against the Pittsburgh Pirates after a day off Thursday.

A bright spot in the loss is that the Braves still produced decent offensive numbers, even out-hitting Arizona 10-7. Michael Bourn collected three hits, including a triple to start the game. The Braves played ABC baseball when Martin Prado moved him over with a grounder, and Freddie Freeman drove in Bourn with a sacrifice fly.

Bourn would also score in the third on a double by Prado, and Delgado would be driven in by Freeman in the fifth after recording his first Major League hit.

Juan Francisco hit a home run off J.J. Putz in the ninth for his only hit of the game, but he has now hit three bombs in 12 games this season while backing up Chipper Jones.

The Braves travel to Chavez Ravine to start a three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday. Jair Jurrjens will look to finally turn around his season against Chris Capuano at 10:10 EDT.

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Freddie Freeman, Gerardo Parra, Ian Kennedy, Juan Francisco, Martin Prado, Michael Bourn, MLB, Randall Delgado

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