I find it hard to believe that anyone since 1919 has had a worse postseason series than Brooks Conrad. It’s hard to be worse. Anyone can go 0-for, but Conrad committed two errors that scored go-ahead runs for the Giants, including the game-winner in the top of the ninth.
The game started the way the other two have, the Giants getting an early run and the Braves getting nothing. This time, it was actually a no-hitter to the sixth, broken up by Tim Hudson himself. Hudson at least manages to not get the loss for his valiant performance, unlike Derek Lowe the other day. The Giants got one run in seven innings off of him, coming in the second, when Mike Fontenot tripled off the right field wall (Jason Heyward maybe should have caught it, and certainly should have held it to a double, but was laid out by colliding with the wall). Commando Cody Ross popped up, but Conrad dropped the ball, allowing an “unearned” run to score.
It looked like the Braves would never score, never come close to scoring, off of Jonathan Sanchez, but then Alex Gonzalez singled leading off the eighth, and after Conrad (sigh) popped up a bunt, Bobby brought in Troy Glaus to hit for Rick Ankiel. And the Giants came back with a righty reliever, and Bobby sent in Eric Hinske, who fell behind 0-2, worked it to 2-2, and then lined it down the right field line for a homer and the lead.
But the Braves don’t have Billy Wagner, and Jonny Venters had pitched the eighth. Bobby went with Craig Kimbrel, who got a popup, then allowed a walk, then got a strikeout, then got ahead of Freddy Sanchez, but couldn’t finish him off and allowed a line single. Bobby will be second-guessed for bringing in Michael Dunn to pitch to Aubrey Huff, but you’re talking about the Giants’ big lefty power hitter. Who lined a single to right field. Heyward, who has to be thankful for Conrad’s collapse saving him from being the series goat, had a play at the plate but threw short, and the game was tied. Bobby came back with Moylan, who got a grounder to second base, which Conrad let go through his legs for the game-winner.
Home plate umpire Paul “Buster” Emmel struck out Heyward leading off the ninth (two pitches well off the plate), Lee popped up, and McCann got an infield single, but Nate McLouth grounded out to end it (after Emmel put him in a hole too).