Cincinnati Reds vs. Atlanta Braves – Box Score – September 04, 2009 – ESPN

I still think that this has been a pretty successful season, all things considered, and wish the Rockies well in the playoffs.

You knew it was shaping up as a bad game when the Braves loaded the bases with none out in the first, but McCann hit into a 5-2-3 double play. Don’t see that every day. Unless you’re us. Immediately after getting nothing out of that situation, Lowe gave up a homer to give the Reds the lead. They made it 3-0 with two runs in the sixth; only a double play kept it from being worse.

Meanwhile, Escobar — the Braves’ best player — left the game after the fourth inning when he lined off the pitcher, was hit on the head with a thrown baseball, and then wrenched his knee trying to hit the bag. To add insult to literal injury, he was called out for running in the baseline. (It was the right call, it’s just that the umpires get that call wrong so often.) Bobby got himself ejected arguing. (Again, right call, but frustration.)

McLouth, activated from the DL, didn’t start, but came into the game when Infante moved from the outfield to short to take Escobar’s place. McLouth then hit a homer for the Braves’ only run… Lowe went seven, allowing three runs. It’s the putative quality start, but he didn’t really look that good, and gave up seven hits and two walks. Moylan pitched the eighth. Kawakami (!) pitched the ninth, getting the Reds in order. If he was available last night, the Medlen thing is even more inexplicable. Maybe he wasn’t.