From time to time I will complain about the so-called “unearned run”, how it magnifies one, often minor, mistake while ignoring the bad pitching that was the primary cause. This is not one of those times. Tim Hudson got screwed by his defense.
Leading 2-1 in the second, Francoeur lost the third out of the inning in the sun, turning it into a double. He then dropped the ensuing single, allowing the Marlins to tie the game.
Leading 3-2 in the fifth, with runners first and second, a one-out liner bounced off of Escobar at third base — it was a tough play but I thought he should have knocked it down — and Harris, apparently intent on trying to throw out the runner from second even though he had no chance — dropped the ball, allowing the other runners to move up. After a sac fly gave the Marlins the lead, Hudson got a strikeout to end the inning, only for it to get through McCann’s legs, everyone safe, setting up a single to add two more runs.
The Braves were hitting rockets off of Wes “Traded for Kolb” Obermueller. Seriously, Thorman hit one off of Obermueller’s back, only to have it bounce into the air for a 6-3 double play. It was that kind of game. The Braves outhit the Marlins 12-7 and outhomered them 2-0 but it just didn’t happen.
Escobar was 4-4 with his first career homer, missing the cycle by the triple. Renteria hit a late homer to cut it to two runs. KJ had a disastrous night, 0-5 with three strikeouts, everyone else reached base at least once.