Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers – Box Score – August 07, 2009 – ESPN

Well, there was no way I could stay up for all of that.

The Braves overcame a rare subpar outing by Jair Jurrjens and an all-too-common subpar umpiring job to rally and tie up the game, then finally got their revenge for last night with four runs in the twelfth. Jurrjens didn’t really need any help from the umpires to have an off night. He seems to be suffering from Horacio Ramirez’s Disease, where you get ahead of the batter but can’t finish them off, and eventually either walk them or groove a 3-2 pitch. Jurrjens was pulled after he gave up a three-run homer with one out in the fifth, having already thrown 94 pitches. He then got himself ejected as well, and I don’t blame him. The egregious umpiring started in the fourth, when an obvious swing — I thought that the home plate umpire should have called it with no appeal, it was that obvious — was called no swing, and instead of a strikeout the at-bat continued. The hitter then singled, which eventually led to a run, tying the game at 2. That was just the preview of the horrible umpiring of the fifth, where a 3-1 pitch was called a strike, McCann gunned down Furcal trying to steal… and the home plate umpire then changed his mind and called it a ball, sending the batter to first and retroactively making no play at second. Two batters later, homer. You really can’t blame Jurrjens for being upset.

I didn’t have much hope, then. But this time, it was the Braves bullpen that stepped up, and the Dodgers’ that couldn’t hold it. Medlen finished the inning with no problems, and also handled the sixth. Acosta (!) got through the seventh; with two out in the eighth, he was in a little bit of a jam, and O’Flaherty got out of it. Gonzalez threw two innings (!!) and allowed only a walk. And Billingsley left after the sixth with an injury, and the Braves got to his replacements.

KJ was playing because Chipper’s side is acting up again. He had a huge hit, a two-run homer to score Church in the seventh, cutting it to 5-4. Bobby — he’d been ejected, but come on — used Norton to pinch-hit leading off the ninth, because what the heck? So with one out, McLouth worked a walk, then stole second. Prado struck out, but ACHE, in the three spot, singled in McLouth to tie the game.

Moylan pitched the eleventh, and had a bit of trouble but got out of it. In the twelfth, ACHE and McCann singled with one out. The Dodgers went to the pen, and the next guy struck out LaRoche. But Yunel then singled, bringing in ACHE with the go-ahead run. And just for insurance’s sake, Church hit a three-run homer. Soriano, this time, had no problems in a non-save situation, retiring the Dodgers in order.

LaRoche was 0-5 with three strikeouts, the only Brave to not get a hit; he’s been hot, so it’s news. Church and Escobar each had three hits, including, as noted, the big ones in the twelfth. Church missed the cycle by the triple.