There are no words. The Braves had the bases loaded and one out in the top of the eleventh inning, facing Kim Jong-Il, of all people. Of course, inevitably, Nate Louth was at the plate, in a situation where they couldn’t hit for him (the pitcher on deck, only Omar left on the bench). Of course, inevitably, Louth grounded into a double play. I predicted it, but that wasn’t hard. I have never, ever, seen a player play this badly and not get benched. Of course, inevitably, The Human White Flag came in to pitch the bottom of the inning and allowed consecutive singles, then an intentional walk to load the bases, and finally the inevitable Wes Smelms walkoff single. I’m sick.
The Braves took the lead in the first, with Heyward walking and coming home on a single by McCann. But the Braves blew a chance for lots of runs, as they had the bases loaded and one out (begin and end the game the same way) but Gonzalez popped up and Conrad struck out on a pitch in the dirt. Looking. The umpiring was like that all game. Hinske hit a solo homer in the third to make it 2-0.
The Marlins took the lead with four runs in the fourth, the big blow a triple by Smelms. It was not Jair Jurrjens‘ fault; the umpires, once again, refused to stop the game during a torrential downpour and Jurrjens lost control of the baseball, while balls that were hit skidded willy-nilly. They did stop the game last night for a brief shower, and I can’t understand why they wouldn’t today.
The Braves got a bases-loaded sac fly (see, it is possible, Nate) from Melky in the sixth, then Chipper scored Melky with a pinch double in the eighth to tie the game. He might as well have not bothered. The Braves left eleven men on base and hit into two double plays, and in the ninth inning Bobby had Diaz run for McCann with two out and Glaus at the plate, only for Diaz to get thrown out trying to steal on the first pitch, thereby burning two bench players and removing from the game one of the team’s best hitters, who has killed the Marlins in this series. Earlier, he had run Louth for Hinske, which of course was a killer, especially as he was hitting behind Heyward, who is always on base. Yesterday, the bench moves paid off. Not today.