The Braves are playing a bit too well to reinstate the Miserable Braves Loss Type-Index, but this one was a standard one that I hate more than any — the team came back from a big deficit, but couldn’t get the big hit to take the lead, and wound up losing, this time on a walkoff homer from failed Braves prospect turned Braves nemesis Wes Helms. It came off of Mike Gonzalez, on the dreaded third day of work in a row, but Bobby didn’t have a lot of other options — it was either Soriano for the fourth day in a row, or Logan or Valdez or Carlyle.
This was actually another Miserable Loss Type too, the Hibernation Mode Loss, where the Braves took a 2-0 lead in the first but couldn’t add on against an ineffective pitcher, and after it was tied at two they made it 3-2 but couldn’t add on against the bullpen. Javier Vasquez had a weird game where he either blew the batters away or they hit rockets against him — there were very few softly hit balls. One of them, however, was a killer, a flare single with one out and one on in the sixth. Vazquez hit the next batter to load the bases.
Last night, in a similar situation, Bobby brought in Moylan. Tonight he brought in Medlen, who has been really good lately, but didn’t have it tonight. He gave up a double down the line to clear the bases and give the Marlins a 5-3 lead. If it had just stayed there, the Braves actually would have been in good shape. But he allowed two more runs of his own to score, making it 7-3.
The Braves answered back, also loading the bases with one out, and then getting a pinch-hit double from Chipper (in for Church, who started the game in center; Chipper’s day off didn’t turn out that way) to make it 7-6. But unlike the Marlins, the Braves couldn’t get any more runs, as Bobby again used the useless Norton to hit with first-and-third, one out, and he struck out, and after Diaz was hit by a pitch Prado flew out to end it.
In the top of the ninth, Yunel led off the inning with a solo homer to right field, tying the game. Infante and KJ (pinch-hitting) walked after Chipper flew out, but Diaz hit into a double play. Gonzalez came in, got the first guy, then Smelms got him.