Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves – Box Score – July 17, 2011 – ESPN.

What a strange game is baseball. The Braves led 2-0, were tied at 2, trailed 6-2, led 7-6, trailed 8-7, tied it at 8, then won with two out in the ninth. And that’s the least of it.

The Braves got two runs off of Tom Gorzellany in the first; Jordan Schafer walked, stole second, went to third on an error, and scored on a Martin Prado single. Prado later scored on a bases-loaded wild pitch. But they really should have gotten at least one more run, and didn’t.

The Nats tied it in the third on a weird play. Roger Bernadina hit one into the gap, and Gorzellany was sent all the way from first. He really should have been out, but Dan Uggla‘s relay was very bad and runner and catcher collided far from the plate; the ball bounced away and Bernadina scored too. Gorzellany was hurt and left the game.

Jair Jurrjens had a fourth inning where all those balls in play didn’t just find holes, they found gaps, and turned into extra-base hits. Two singles, three doubles, and a triple later it was 6-2. But in the bottom of the fifth, Wilkin Ramirez doubled, and pinch-hitting Jason Heyward was hit in the foot by a pitch. Schafer singled in Ramirez, then stole second. Prado grounded out, but Brian McCann, the best catcher in baseball, hit one out and it was tied. Freddie Freeman walked and Uggla singled, and Freeman scored on a Alex Gonzalez groundout; suddenly, the Braves led 7-6 and Jurrjens was in line for the win.

Fredi went with George Sherrill in the sixth, which only goes to show how little faith he has in the righthanders, not that he should have any. With two out, Sherrill, pitching for the third day in a row, allowed a two-run homer to Danny Espinosa and it was 8-7.

Eric O’Flaherty and Jonny Venters did their seventh and eighth inning things with no problems. With two out in the bottom of the eighth, Nate McLouth homered to tie it. Craig Kimbrel allowed a couple of two-out baserunners in the ninth, but got out of it. Brooks Conrad led off the bottom of the inning with a walk. After a Schafer sacrifice (grr…) Prado grounded out to short, with Conrad getting thrown out on the fielder’s choice. They weren’t paying proper attention to Prado, though, and he stole second, after which McCann was intentionally walked. Freeman singled down the right-field line to end it.