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Atlanta Braves Use Eight Pitchers to Claim 4-0 Victory Over Pittsburgh Pirates in Regular Season Finale

October 3rd, 2012 at 10:42 PM
By Jonathan McCullough

Ben Sheets started the last game of his career in the Atlanta Braves' regular season finale, and the Braves defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 on Wednesday afternoon.

The Braves used eight pitchers, with Sheets striking out two batters in his one inning of work. 

"I'm just glad they gave me an opportunity to be a part of it throughout the regular season," Sheets said of the Braves' decision to give him a shot. "I had a blast. To end it like this is icing on the cake."

Chipper Jones, playing in the last regular season game of his career, roped a single in his only at-bat of the day after a standing ovation from the Pittsburgh crowd.

"It's nice to be appreciated," Jones said of the ovation. "Smart fans, knowing that this is it. I was just glad to get in there. I've been working on some stuff the last couple of days, and it's nice to get a nice result out of it."

Brian McCann and Jason Heyward each recorded two hits in their final tune-up for the one-game playoff on Friday. Dan Uggla also got a hit and a walk.

Randall Delgado and Craig Kimbrel each struck out the side in their respective inning of work, and Jonny Venters and Eric O'Flaherty each had strong innings as well.

Michael Bourn had two stolen bases to push his season total to 42 steals, and Heyward also swiped a bag to bring his total to 21 steals.

"It was a nice ending to a successful season," manager Fredi Gonzalez said of the Braves' season. "Now we've got another season ahead of us. Let's keep playing."

The Braves will host the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday evening when Kris Medlen (10-1, 1.57 ERA) takes on Kyle Lohse (16-3, 2.86 ERA) at 5:07 PM EDT. The winner will advance to the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Ben Sheets, Brian McCann, Chipper Jones, Craig Kimbrel, Dan Uggla, Eric O'Flaherty, Jason Heyward, Jonny Venters, Kris Medlen, Michael Bourn, MLB

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