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Rookie Hanson, Braves offense too much for Padres

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SAN DIEGO -- Once he got through a shaky first inning, rookie Tommy Hanson put on a decent show for the 100 or so friends and family members who watched his first big league start in Southern California.

Hanson shut down San Diego long enough for his teammates to get a comfortable lead against Chad Gaudin and the Atlanta Braves beat the Padres 6-2 on Wednesday.

Hanson couldn't totally block out the fact that he was pitching some two hours from his home in Redlands, in San Bernardino County.

"I heard some familiar voices and stuff like that yelling, which was kind of funny, but I was just trying to focus on the game and do the best I can," Hanson said.

Three Padres batters reached in the first and none scored. Leadoff batter Everth Cabrera walked and was thrown out by catcher Brian McCann trying to steal second. Will Venable hit a chopper for an infield single and Adrian Gonzalez walked before Kevin Kouzmanoff hit the first of his three double-play balls, which tied the club record.

"I kind of knew in the back of my mind that I wanted to get through that first inning, my first one back home," Hanson said. "It worked out where I got out of there with no runs, and after that I felt a lot better."

Hanson (6-2) held San Diego to two hits through five scoreless innings before faltering in his last inning, the sixth. He allowed Cabrera's one-out double before Venable hit a towering home run down the right-field line to pull the Padres to 6-2. Gonzalez followed with a single and was erased when Kouzmanoff hit his third double-play ball.

Hanson left almost 60 tickets and said he knew another 40 people who bought tickets.

"That first inning I was trying to find my release point and I think I was nibbling a little bit and not being aggressive enough," he said.

"I had some stuff kind of working, but it wasn't my best day. But I just kind of battled through it and got out of there from one through six."

Atlanta's 14 hits were all singles. Nate McLouth and Chipper Jones had three apiece, and each Braves regular had at least one hit. The Braves won two of three and are probably sad to leave Petco Park. They tied their season high with 17 hits in a 9-2 win on Tuesday night.

"They came out swinging today," Padres manager Bud Black said. "They have some good hitters in there, some veteran, experienced hitters. If you're not on your game, they can do what they've done the last couple of nights."

Atlanta turned four double plays overall.

It was Venable's sixth homer overall and fifth in his last seven games, a span in which he also has 12 RBI and seven runs scored.

Gaudin (4-10) allowed six runs and nine hits in 3 1/3 innings.

"He couldn't string any pitches together," Black said. "One good one, one bad. A lot of deep counts and if he made a good pitch they seemed to foul it off."

Garret Anderson hit an RBI single in the first. McLouth singled in a run in the second and Martin Prado followed with a sacrifice fly. McLouth had another RBI single with one out in the fourth and Prado followed with a single to chase Gaudin. Luis Perdomo came on and allowed Jones' third base hit and a two-run single to Brian McCann that gave the Braves a 6-0 lead.

"I was nibbling and not establishing the fastball early," Gaudin said. "I wasn't commanding it. You have to stay aggressive and show the team that you're going to be around the zone and make them hit your pitch."

San Diego's Chase Headley tripled leading off the fifth and was thrown out at home by Ryan Church on Kyle Blanks' fly ball to right. Replays showed Headley was safe.

Notes

  • On Tuesday night, Matt Diaz became the first Braves player since the team moved to Atlanta in 1966 to homer and hit into three double plays in the same game, according to research by the Elias Sports Bureau. The last big leaguer to do that was Scott Rolen for St. Louis against Cincinnati on Aug. 27, 2002.
 
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Chipper Jones, who goes 3 for 4, puts the Braves on the board in the first inning.  (AP)
Chipper Jones, who goes 3 for 4, puts the Braves on the board in the first inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

T. Hanson
IP 6.0
H 5
ER 2
BB 3
K 5
San Diego

W. Venable
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Atlanta Braves
Nate McLouth, CF5132010 .261
Martin Prado, 2B4121010 .321
Chipper Jones, 3B4130101 .288
Brian McCann, C3012212 .294
Garret Anderson, LF5011014 .289
    Rafael Soriano, P0000000 .000
Yunel Escobar, SS5010012 .304
Adam LaRoche, 1B5110021 .260
Ryan Church, RF3220100 .277
Tommy Hanson, P1000001 .095
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
   a- Greg Norton, PH1000000 .143
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
    Matt Diaz, LF0000000 .282
Totals36614647  
a-grounded out for Moylan in the 8th
Batting
SF - Martin Prado (2)
SH - Tommy Hanson 2 (3)
RBI - Nate McLouth 2 (55), Martin Prado (32), Brian McCann 2 (55), Garret Anderson (43)
2-OUT RBI - Garret Anderson (17)
CS - Nate McLouth (2, 2nd base by Gaudin/Alfonzo)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ryan Church 1
DP - Escobar-Prado-LaRoche, Jones-Prado-LaRoche, Church-McCann, Jones-Prado-LaRoche
E - Tommy Hanson (1, Missed catch of throw)
Atlanta Braves
Tommy Hanson (W,6-2) 6522351 3.22
Peter Moylan 1100020 3.59
Mike Gonzalez 1100030 2.88
Rafael Soriano 1000110 1.80
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hanson 72-41, Peter Moylan 14-10, Mike Gonzalez 16-13, Rafael Soriano 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Hanson 6-3, Peter Moylan 1-0, Rafael Soriano 1-1
Batters Faced - Tommy Hanson 22, Peter Moylan 4, Mike Gonzalez 4, Rafael Soriano 4
San Diego Padres
Everth Cabrera, SS3110111 .269
Will Venable, CF-RF4122021 .267
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B2010211 .251
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B3000003 .245
    Greg Burke, P0000000 .000
    Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
   a- Oscar Salazar, PH1000000 .354
Chase Headley, LF-3B3010110 .247
Kyle Blanks, RF-LF4010021 .218
Luis Rodriguez, 2B4000011 .215
Eliezer Alfonzo, C3000022 .189
Chad Gaudin, P1000010 .036
    Luis Perdomo, P0000000 .000
   b- Tony Gwynn Jr., PH-CF2010000 .289
Totals30272411  
a-popped out for Thatcher in the 9th
b-flied out for Perdomo in the 6th
Batting
2B - Everth Cabrera (10, Hanson)
3B - Chase Headley (2, Hanson)
HR - Will Venable (6, Hanson)
RBI - Will Venable 2 (17)
SB - Tony Gwynn Jr. (6, 2nd base off Gonzalez/McCann)
CS - Everth Cabrera (2, 2nd base by Hanson/McCann)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Gonzalez
E - Eliezer Alfonzo (1, Missed catch of throw)
San Diego Padres
Chad Gaudin (L,4-10) 3.1966230 5.13
Luis Perdomo 2.2300210 3.89
Greg Burke 2100010 3.90
Joe Thatcher 1100020 3.51
Pitches-Strikes - Chad Gaudin 85-50, Luis Perdomo 60-34, Greg Burke 19-15, Joe Thatcher 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Gaudin 2-4, Luis Perdomo 5-1, Greg Burke 3-2
Batters Faced - Chad Gaudin 20, Luis Perdomo 12, Greg Burke 7, Joe Thatcher 4
Game Information
Attendance - 21816
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Angel Campos, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Mike DiMuro