What’s the word? Oh, yeah… RESILIENT.
The Braves got off the bat after another disaster start — oh, heck, let’s call it a catastrophe start — this one by Derek Lowe. At least with his other starts, Lowe has been giving them five innings before falling apart. Today, he gave up a three-run homer before getting an out, then managed only two more innings, in the second of which he allowed two more runs, before getting lifted. He sucks.
The pitching hero of the game was The Lisp, though he won’t show up with a decision or anything. He allowed a run in the fourth, but then threw three more innings, more or less unscathed, and kept the game from getting totally out of hand. Not that it looked like it would matter off of Josh Johnson. The Braves got an “unearned” run in the first on an Eric Hinske single, but left the tying runs on base, then didn’t do much of anything for five innings after that.
Luckily, Johnson had thrown 103 pitches, so the Marlins got him out of there after six. The Braves couldn’t score in the seventh, but our old friend Will Ohman didn’t have it in the eighth, allowing three runs, though only one was “earned”. Heyward walked to lead off, then after an out McCann singled to make it first-and-third. Hinske doubled to score Heyward and chase Ohman. The next reliever got Gonzalez to strike out, but Melky hit a little grounder to third that Wes Smelms threw badly on; Gaby Sanchez at first was charged the error, and he could have made the play, but Smelms should have been charged. Two runs scored and it was 6-4.
Marlins pseudo-closer Leo Nunez walked Brooks Conrad to lead off the inning, then Matt Diaz hit an opposite-field shot to tie the game. Nunez rallied to strike out Heyward and get Prado to ground out, then McCann hit a ball that I never thought he got enough elevation on to get out of the park. It bounced off the top of the wall, on to the retaining wall, then back onto the field. The first-base umpire screwed up the call, saying it was a double, but after video review it was changed to the rarely-seen trot, stand at second, then walk-off home run. Saito got the win after pitching the ninth.