Strikeouts Galore, Astros Lose 4-1

HOUSTON - JUNE 12: Pitcher Tommy Hanson #48 of the Atlanta Braves throws against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on June 12, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Brian McCann has five hits against the Astros this year; four of them are home runs. Dan Uggla entered this series stuck in an awful 2 for 25 slump, but he now has four hits in his last six trips to the plate against Houston.

Uggla and McCann both hit two-run homers off Brett Myers this afternoon, and Tommy Hanson was dominant on the mound for Atlanta. Myers pitched relatively well with seven strong innings, but Hanson was nearly unhittable. The Braves' starting pitcher finished the game with seven innings and 14 strikeouts.

With Hunter Pence out of the lineup nursing a stiff back, the offense looked completely lost today. Carlos Lee was the only hitter that didn't strike out against Hanson, and he actually had a solid day at the plate. His 2 for 3 performance brought his average up to .274, and he now has 35 RBIs on the year. It's about time big guy.

Some of the only bright spots in today's game were the great catches made in the Houston outfield. Jason Michaels had three phenomenal plays in left field, and Michael Bourn also made a great catch up against the Atlanta bullpen to rob Brandon Hicks of extra bases.

Atlanta gets to try for the four-game sweep tomorrow night, and Wandy makes his return to the rotation. We'll see how he pitches after his DL stint and who gets the boot down to Oklahoma City. According to the post game show, Jeff Fulchino is getting sent down.

It sounds like Jordan Lyles will be staying in the rotation and Aneury Rodriguez is headed to the bullpen. 

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