Kyle Farnsworth strangles the season! Again! On in relief to start the seventh inning after the Braves had tied it at 2, Farnsworthless got the first two, then walked Willie Harris, let him steal second, got ahead 0-2 on the legendary Danny Espinosa then threw him four straight balls. Bobby then came in with Jonny Venters, whom I am not going to abuse because Bobby has that covered. Venters walked Nyjer Morgan, then fell behind Ian Desmond, then gave up a two-run single to give the Nats the 4-2 lead they wouldn’t relinquish. The OBPs of the players the Braves walked to commit hara-kiri: .291, .302, .320.
While Brandon Beachy allowed a run in the first and another in the season, and was throwing a ton of pitches in the process, the Braves were doing their best to not score any runs. With two on in the first, Brian McCann lined into an inning-ending double play. After Beachy’s first career hit with one out in the third, Omar Infante tried to ground into a double play but wound up reaching on a fielder’s choice out at second, but he was stranded. Freddie Freeman tried to ground into one in the fourth, but reached on an error, getting McCann to third with one out, but Alex Gonzalez, who looked particularly hapless today, popped up and Melky Cabrera lined out.
The guy acquired with the season-killer was the offense today. Rick Ankiel hit a solo homer leading off the fifth to cut it to 2-1. After AAG grounded into, yes, an inning-ending double play with two on in the sixth, Melky actually doubled to lead off the seventh, then came home on Ankiel’s double. But — typically — Ankiel was still at second at the end of the inning, setting the stage for Farnsworthless. The Braves went extremely meekly in the last two innings.