In a lot of ways, the Braves shouldn’t have won this game. For one thing, Braves pitchers issued an extraordinary ten walks for the game. However, they held the D-Backs to five hits, four of them singles, so the walks didn’t hurt too much… though both of the runs were scored by batters who had walked.
For another, they were no-hit for 5 2/3 by Brad Halsey, which is just what it sounds like; Halsey isn’t that good. He actually got only one strikeout, but the Braves kept getting jammed (as they have by all the D-Backs pitchers in this series) and hitting weak popups. Jorge Sosa pitched well, too, five shutout innings, but was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the sixth. Foster came in, walked the first guy he faced, who later scored to make it 1-0.
But in the seventh, the Braves finally broke through. Andruw was hit by a pitch (as I said earlier this year, when he gets hit, it’s a good sign that he’s about to get hot), and was doubled home by Julio. One batter later, Francoeur doubled home Julio, who was a veteran of two years of major league baseball when Francoeur was born.
Dan Kolb, setup man, blew it in the eighth, walking the second man he faced, then allowing a double to tie it. Reitsma had to come in to keep the game tied.
But then in the ninth, Andruw hit one of his long solo homers to give the Braves the lead. Julio was stranded after hit 2,499. Reitsma allowed another walk but that was it, picking up the win for an inning and two-thirds of work.
Furcal had a couple of hits (breaking up the no-hitter) and a stolen base, but Johnson and Giles were hitless behind him. Chipper was a late scratch after his foot felt bad in batting practice, but later hit for Estrada, who left the game with a sore back… Everyone in the division won tonight, so everything remains the same… Tomorrow’s game will be late afternoon on Turner South, Ramirez versus Javier Vazquez.