Kenshin Kawakami had an unlucky sort of night, giving up four runs, all of which easily could have been stranded. Also, the opposing pitcher threw a no-hitter, which greatly reduced his chances of picking up a win.
Okay, okay, the no-hitter. Ubaldo Jimenez has great stuff all the time, but tonight was exceptionally electric. If anything, he was a little too strong, walking six men in the first five innings. But after walking Heyward leading off the fifth, he retired the last twelve Braves in a row, and needed only one good play (a very good catch in center field in the seventh) to secure the no-no. The Braves barely even got any half-decent swings off of him in the last two innings.
Kawakami, as I said, had a bit of bad luck, not that he pitched well. But he gave up a run in the first on a sac fly after he seemingly had the batter struck out the pitch before, and gave up three runs with two out in the fourth when Jimenez singled up the middle; a half-decent throw would have nailed the runner trying to score from second, but McLouth’s throw was awful. A double followed to make it 4-0 and more or less put the game away, though as it turned out one would have been enough.
Prado’s hitting streak, obviously, ended, though he did walk twice… Jonny Venters made his major league debut, and threw three fine innings, allowing just one hit and one walk and striking out two. Jesse Chavez finished up.