Atlanta Braves vs. Florida Marlins – Box Score – August 31, 2009 – ESPN

This game can change in a hurry. By the second inning, I had a bad feeling, and actually worried about a no-hitter; Josh Johnson had one going until Diaz broke it with a two-out single in the sixth. Meanwhile, Kenshin Kawakami seemed likely to get hung with an unfair loss after giving up a run in the second.

Chipper singled leading off the seventh, but with two out he was still at first, and Johnson seemed to still be cruising. But suddenly, everything fell apart for him. Yunel singled, and Chipper went to third. Then Infante hit one into the gap for a two-run triple, and Ross singled up the middle to make it 3-1. Bobby sent up Norton to end the threat, but the game was turned completely on its head.

In the eighth, they got breathing room. Diaz was hit by a pitch leading off, and after the dumbunt (Prado, hitting .306 and coming off of a game in which he had three hits, had two sacrifices on the day) Chipper was walked. The Marlins brought in a lefty to pitch to ACHE, and how you don’t hit for him when you’re going to pull him for defense anyway I don’t know, but at least he didn’t hit into a double play. Then LaRoche and Yunel hit back-to-back flare singles and it was 5-1.

Kawakami was great; he was limited to 75 pitches but made the most of them, striking out five and not walking any. Moylan walked one in 2/3 of an inning, and O’Flaherty finished up. Gonzalez needed only seven pitches to finish the eighth. Soriano doesn’t have shoulder problems or anything, so Bobby had him pitch the ninth. He allowed a run on two doubles and needed 26 pitches to get through the inning. Sheesh.