One of those “you have to be kidding me” moments. Soriano gave up, in Bobby’s words, “two cheap hits” to lead off the ninth inning with a 4-2 lead. And then he gave up a homer to Andre Ethier to end it. And after leading all night, the Braves lose.
Derek Lowe did his highwire act for 6 1/3, somehow giving up only two runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out only two. It shouldn’t work, and it won’t work most of the time, but last night, it worked. Only one of the hits was for extra bases, for which see yesterday’s game. O’Flaherty and Moylan bridged the gap to Soriano, which has been enough all year, but not this time.
Diaz was in the middle of a second-inning rally. He singled in Yunel with two out, then stole second, and came in on a single by
Francoeur LaRoche. The Braves loaded the bases in the fourth with one out, but Lowe due up. He struck out, but McLouth worked a walk to bring in a run. Unfortunately, Prado couldn’t get a hit to break it open; if he had, maybe things would have been different. The Braves’ fourth run came on a solo homer by Chipper in the seventh. He and Diaz both had three hits, and LaRoche continued his hot hitting with two hits and a walk. The Braves’ biggest problem was that McCann was 0-5 on the night. He’s struggled against lefties all year, and I don’t understand why you couldn’t get a night off for him with Wolf on the mound.