After the painful final game against the Pirates I was really looking forward to the upcoming series against the Atlanta Braves. It still seems funny to say. For so many years teams have dreaded seeing the Braves and their potent pitching staff and strong hitters. These days the Braves have come back to earth and are in the midst of a mini-rebuilding phase. Tom Glavine and John Smoltz are both injured as is Tim Hudson meaning that the one-time strength of the team had suddenly become an unknown and unproven commodity. The Braves had just come off two series where they had lost 4 of their last 6. This was just what the Diamondbacks needed to erase the bad memories of that near perfect game.

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