I don’t know where to begin. How about with all the damned bunts that Fredi Gonzalez called tonight? Yeah, that’s a good one. Four of them. Nate McLouth, hitting second, bunted Martin Prado over three times. The morons in the booth, with supplementary bonus moron Brian Jordan, loved the whole damned thing. How do you expect to win when you keep having two-out innings?
Anyway, Brandon Beachy gave up a three-run homer to Ryan Howard in the first, then managed to leave the bases loaded. He got through the second fine, then left the game with a strained oblique. It was 3-1 then, as the Braves had scored only one run in the first after getting the first three on base, which is oh so typical.
Cristian Martinez came in for Beachy and was tremendous. he threw four perfect innings with four strikeouts, and with two on in the fifth hit a two-run double to tie the score. By all rights he should have gotten the win after Alex Gonzalez scored in the sixth on a wild pitch.
But in the seventh, after getting the first two, Cory Gearrin gave up a double to Jimmy Rollins, and then Fredi brought in Eric O’Flaherty, which was the right call for once. O’Flaherty struck out Shane “Burn In Hell” Victorino on three pitches, but the third pitch, right down the middle of the plate, was called a ball. The umpire even stuck his hand out to call it a strike, then called back Brian McCann as he was walking to the dugout, having changed his mind. Burn In Hell promptly singled home the tying run.
Joe Mather actually had two doubles on the night, but misplayed a Ryan Howard single into a double in the seventh (originally scored single and error, then changed as part of the official scorer’s plot to drive up Brave fielding percentages). Then Freddie Freeman basically decided not to play a Raul Ibanez grounder at all, allowing it to go into the outfield for the game-winning hit.
The Braves had numerous chances to score in the last three innings, but kept giving them away through the terrible bunts and general incompetence. Dan Uggla is particularly noteworthy, as his 0-5, three-strikeout performance dropped his batting average to .199 for the season. The season is no longer young, and Uggla is a problem.