Atlanta 7, Chi. Cubs 3

Boxscore | Recap
Thursday, July 5, 2012 7:10 PM
Location - Turner Field
Temperature - 96°
Umpires - Home Plate - James Hoye, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Jim Reynolds,
Attendance - 24408

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Chi. Cubs 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 3 5 1
Atlanta 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 7 9 1

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Chi. Cubs 31-51 19-20 12-31 L1
Atlanta 43-39 20-22 23-17 W1


Braves 7, Cubs 3: Mike Minor pitched into the seventh inning, and four Atlanta homers powered the host Braves to victory and a split of the four-game series.

Jason Heyward and Brian McCann slugged two-run homers in the first. Freddie Freeman and Juan Francisco added solo shots as the Braves wrapped up a 10-game homestand at 5-5.

Minor (5-6), who came in with a 6.20 ERA, did not allow a hit until the fifth inning. The left-hander went 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on three hits with two walks and one strikeout.

The Braves made Chicago starter Matt Garza (4-7) work in the first inning, forcing the Cubs’ right-hander to throw 44 pitches. Heyward hit his 14th homer of the season, a two-run shot with one out in the first. Freeman followed with a single and McCann connected for his 10th homer as Atlanta built a 4-0 advantage.

Freeman hit his 11th homer of the season with one out in the third, pushing the lead to 5-0. Francisco hit his sixth homer in the eighth.

McCann, battling a miserable slump, went 2-for-3. He added his third RBI of the night on a fifth-inning sacrifice fly. Martin Prado also had two hits, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. Freeman and Heyward each finished with two hits.

Geovany Soto broke up Minor’s no-hitter and shutout with one out in the fifth, belting his sixth homer of the season. Pinch-hitter Reed Johnson singled home two runs off reliever Kris Medlen in the seventh to bring the Cubs within 6-3.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Garza lasted just four innings, giving up five runs on five hits with three walks and six strikeouts … Game-time temperature was 100 degrees, the third time during the homestand the temperature was 100 or higher at first pitch … Atlanta sent struggling reliever Jonny Venters to the disabled list with a left elbow impingement … Francisco had a 16-pitch at-bat against Garza in the first and a 12-pitch at-bat in the fourth.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Chi. Cubs   Atlanta
Matt Garza Player Mike Minor
Loss W/L Win
4.0 IP 6.1
6 Strikeouts 6
5 Hits 3
11.25 ERA 2.84
Chi. Cubs   Atlanta
Reed Johnson Player Brian McCann
1 Hits 2
1 RBI 3
0 HR 1
1 TB 5
1.000 Avg .667

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Chi. Cubs 5 1 8 .167 9 9 2 2 0 1
Atlanta 9 4 21 .290 10 11 7 5 0 1

Upcoming Games

  • Atlanta will play their next game on the road against Philadelphia. The Braves have a W/L % of .571 after a win and .475 after a loss.
  • Chi. Cubs will play their next game on the road against NY Mets. The Cubs have a W/L % of .375 after a win and .380 after a loss.
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