Florida Marlins vs. Atlanta Braves – Box Score – August 23, 2009 – ESPN

Brian McCann gave the Braves the lead in the first, and when they blew it, he gave them the lead back in the eighth. The Braves got walks from KJ and Chipper in the first inning, and after falling behind 0-2, Brian lifted one into the stands in right field to give them a 3-0 lead. Unfortunately, Derek Lowe was pitching. Lowe was already lucky that he got out of the first inning unscathed, giving up a single and a double but getting a GIDP to avoid a run. In the second, he gave up a double, a single, and a walk, leading to two runs. In the fourth, he gave up two one-out singles, then KJ botched a relay at second, all hands safe. (It was probably not a double play ball.) The next batter lined an 0-2 pitch into the gap for three runs. For some reason, the box score is representing this as one earned and two “unearned” runs, but this is a mistake. Only one of the runs should be scored “unearned”.

The Braves got one run back in the bottom of the inning; Diaz doubled, and Lowe and Infante had back-to-back singles. But they couldn’t get the tying run across, and left a bunch of runners on: two on, two out in the third, two on, one out in the fourth, bases loaded, one out in the fifth, two on, two out in the sixth. It’s very trying to watch. Diaz tripled with one out in the seventh, and came home on a sac fly from Gorecki, who had been one of the major culprits in the earlier failures. In the eighth, Infante and KJ walked, and Chipper followed with a swinging bunt to make it second and third, one out. The Marlins drew in the infield, and McCann lined a single (against a lefty) for two runs. They had a chance for more, but Yunel hit into a double play.

Medlen pitched two hitless innings in the sixth and seventh. Moylan got the win; after giving up a leadoff bunt single, he gave up a liner that Yunel caught and doubled up the runner on. Soriano gave up a one-out hit in the process of getting the save… Though the teams had the same number of hits, the Braves left eleven men on base, the Marlins only four. That’s partly because of three double plays and two Marlin runners getting thrown out on the bases, partly because the Braves had eight walks, the Marlins only two… Francoeur sucks.