No win for you, Mike Minor! See how it felt to be Brandon Beachy! At least the team got one, no thanks to Dan Uggla (0-5, three strikeouts, one or two errors depending upon how the official scorer feels tonight, .180 BA).
The first three Braves of the game got hits; Jordan Schafer doubled, Alex Gonzalez singled (but couldn’t get Schafer home) then Chipper Jones singled to make it 1-0 with runners at the corners. But instead of breaking it open, Brian McCann popped up and Eric Hinske hit into a double play, and we were off for yet another nailbiter.
The Pirates tied it up in the third with a typical single/stolen base/single rally. Hinske’s two-out homer in the sixth made it 2-1. Minor left in the sixth with a couple on and two out, having allowed seven hits and two walks while striking out five; Scott Proctor, unlikely as it seems, got the last out of the inning to preserve the lead. However, Eric O’Flaherty allowed a solo homer to tie it up.
Jonny Venters pitched around two walks and terrible defense I won’t get into in the eighth and ninth, and George Sherrill a perfect tenth while the Braves were getting mowed down like so many daffodils. With one out in the eleventh, though, McCann singled (Wilkin Ramirez ran for him) and Brooks Conrad pinch-hit for Sherrill, hitting a long homer to make it 4-2. Craig Kimbrel got the save with no difficulty.