The Stat Line of the Night – 5/10/10 – Tommy Hanson
The Atlanta Braves have gotten off to a pretty slow start. The pitching has been decent, but the bats just have been unable to come alive so far. If the hitting won’t come around, then it looks like the pitchers are going to have to take the games almost entirely into their own hands. Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson seemed to have no problem doing that last night. Oh, and the bats decided to come around too when they were needed least en route to an 8-2 Braves win over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Hanson looked dominant. He pitched 8 solid innings and seemed like he had enough gas for a 9th. He scattered 4 hits over those 8 innings, giving up no runs and striking out 8. While he had some help from his offense via Mark Prado’s grand slam in the 6th, he barely needed all that support. He also only walked 1 man leaving just 5 base-runners in 8 innings, none of which could cross the plate.
The Braves may not be a legitimate contender for the NL East division title, but they will be able to give a lot of their rivals trouble if they can continue to get pitching performances like this out of their young pitchers. For now, Tommy Hanson will have to be satisfied with “The Stat Line of the Night”.