I had a bad feeling about this game from the beginning. The Braves took a lead in the top of the third when Prado singled home Church, but Chipper and McCann struck out with a chance to add more. And then the Marlins took the lead in the bottom of the inning when ACHE lost a fly ball to the track for a “double” that scored two runs. It stayed that way for awhile, as the Braves were unable for the rest of the night to do anything with runners on base. Finally, in the sixth, Chipper hit a solo homer to tie it. In the top of the ninth, ACHE made up somewhat for his earlier failure with another solo homer, making it 3-2.
However, Rafael Soriano had some control issues, plus it looked like he got squeezed. He walked the leadoff man on four pitches. The Marlins gave him an out with a bunt, but he fell behind 3-1 on a pinch hitter, came in over the plate on him, and gave up a two-run homer to lose the game. It was just his second blown save of the year, and just the third time this year he’s given up more than one run in an outing (he’s yet to give up more than two).
McCann had a rough night, going 0-4; Kotchman was also 0-4, but you kind of expect that. They were the only Braves to go hitless, and if they’d gotten one or two the outcome might have been different, especially because the hitters between them, ACHE and Yunel, were each 2-4.