Almost let that one slip away. Almost.
The Braves scored first, getting a run in the first on a two-out single by Glaus to score Prado. In the fourth, Glaus came through again with a solo homer, then Escobar scored on a double by McLouth, which just goes to show that anything can happen. In the sixth, Ramirez completely misplayed a Medlen fly ball into a double, scoring Hinske. 4-0.
Medlen was awesome for seven innings, allowing just three hits and not walking anyone. He had just three strikeouts, but was always ahead in the count and got a lot of weak ground balls. In the eighth, those weak ground balls came back to bite him, as two of the first three hitters reached on infield singles. The fourth hit a clean single to the outfield, and Medlen was relieved with the bases loaded.
Wagner was unavailable having pitched on four consecutive days, so Bobby held Saito back to close while using Moylan to try to get out of the jam. Moylan’s control has been off of late and last night he landed the triple Grybo, allowing all three of the runs to score. The first man singled to score one run, and Heyward made a horrifying throw that was closer to the third base dugout than the plate, allowing a second man to score and the other runners to move up. The third run scored on a groundout, then Moylan walked the go-ahead run. Bobby had finally seen enough, and O’Flaherty came in and struck out Ethier to end the inning.
In the ninth, Saito came in and got two popup outs, then went 0-2 on the third batter before having to leave the game with a hamstring injury. Venters, the only reliever left Bobby has any faith in, came in and struck the batter out with one pitch for the save. Efficient. The Braves’ winning streak has now matched the earlier losing streak.