Atlanta takes game two, another pitcher's duel.
Brooks Conrad basically won this game by himself. Starting at third in place of Chipper Jones, Conrad was involved in pretty much every Brave highlight of the night. A barehanded grab and throw to retire Nick Punto? Conrad. A big hit to the gap to give the Braves their first lead at 2-1? Conrad. Tagging Joe Mauer to complete a strike-em-out, throw-em-out double play? Conrad. Putting down an amazing bunt in the ninth for one of the smoothest suicide squeezes I've ever seen? Conrad.
To be fair, it wasn't just Conrad. Derek Lowe and Nick Blackburn weren't quite Hudson-Liriano, but they were both solid. Blackburn picked up a season-high five strikeouts, with the first four being of the called variety; two of which were fastballs right down the middle of the plate. His seven innings and two runs made for his best outing since May 27. Lowe's night was equally as impressive, going seven and a third while matching Blackburn's six hits and two runs.
The Twins had their chances. That strike-em-out, throw-em-out double play looked like a blown hit-and-run with Michael Cuddyer unable to connect on a pitch in on his hands. Jason Kubel struck out with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth.
Mauer, Cuddyer and Delmon Young were all 1-for-3 with a walk. Young and Mauer picked up the Twins' RBI, respectively.
Baseball and breakfast is on the way!