Box Score

I did not expect that. I didn’t think that the Braves had much of a chance, not in that park against that pitching staff, once they went down 3-0 behind a shaky Tommy Hanson, after only getting the minimum plate appearances the first time through the order. Shows what I know.

Hanson gave up a solo homer, to Ichiro of all people, in the first, and two doubles in the second to score a run, later having to pitch out of a bases-loaded situation. In the fourth, he gave up another homer. All in all he was fortunate to only give up three runs. So were the Braves.

The comeback began with… Dan Uggla? Uggla hit a solo homer in the fifth (to be fair, he’s continued to hit homers, it’s just that he doesn’t do anything else) to make it 3-1. In the sixth, the Braves got an “unearned” run when Heyward scored when Chipper reached on a two-out error.

In the seventh, Schafer hit a one-out bases-loaded single to score Uggla and tie the game. Heyward couldn’t get the go-ahead run home, but Brian McCann, the best catcher in baseball, who was 4-5 on the night (the other Braves combined for four hits), singled in Hinske and McLouth to make it 5-3.

Hanson, who did strike out eight, was in line for the win. But George Sherrill had other ideas, allowing two of the first three men in the seventh to reach on singles. The best catcher in baseball then took a hand, throwing out the trailing runner on a double-steal, which saved the day after Sherrill walked the next batter then allowed another single to make it 5-4. The Proctologist of all people was sent in to put out the fire, and did.

Jonny Venters returned to form, throwing a 1-2-3 eighth with a strikeout. Craig Kimbrel allowed a one-out hit and a wild pitch to get the tying run into scoring position in the ninth, but got a strikeout and popup for his 22nd save.