I hate my life. Jeffy Francoeur hit a go-ahead, ninth-inning leadoff homer against Billy Wagner, thereby securing the win for Manny Acosta and, incidentally, cutting the Braves’ lead over the Phillies to two games.
The Braves had a ridiculous number of chances to break the game open. The Braves managed to score a run in the second after Gonzalez was hit by a pitch, Ankiel singled, and Melky tried to hit into a double play but Ankiel slid hard and broke it up to score AAG. Derek Lowe pitched as well as he has all season, and for the first time all season didn’t walk a batter. But he had an episode in the third, losing the lead on a bunt single by The Remains of Luis Castillo and a double by Reyes.
The Braves blew several more scoring chances until the sixth, when Melky hit a routine single to right that Jeffy totally misplayed into a triple, scoring Ankiel. Bobby hit Diaz for Lowe, trying to get Melky in from third with one out, but Diaz popped up and Omar Infante couldn’t pick him up.
Bobby brought in Kyle Farnsworth, and for the second time in as many outings (five years apart) Farnsworth blew the lead in unlikely fashion, walking Jeffy on four pitches, then after a bunt allowing a game-tying single. Yeah, good to have him back. Several blown Braves chances later, Jeffy hit his homer, then Omar swung at ball four as the leadoff man in the ninth to ground out and Heyward and Chipper couldn’t do anything.
The Braves left ten men on base, and Glaus hit into one of his patented pinch-hit GIDPs in the seventh. The Braves had six hits and seven walks; the top four men in the order reached a combined eight times but none of them scored or drove in a run. This is pathetically similar to last year’s struggles.