It’s tempting to say that Michael Bourn can’t get here fast enough, but the Braves did well on Bourn’s end, getting on base plenty of times with 13 hits, nearly twice as many as the Marlins, and Jose Constanza had three hits and scored their only run. The Braves just systematically failed to do anything in run-scoring situations; even the run came on a first-inning GIDP.
The Marlins tied it up in the second with a leadoff walk, a stolen base, a fly ball, and then, bizarrely, a single against a drawn-in infield. Who draws in the infield in the second inning, at home with a lead? The Frediman! They took the lead in the third when Omar Infante, whom the Braves really should have reacquired today if possible, was doubled home, then somehow Emilio Bonafacio hit a homer in the fifth to make it 3-1.
Tommy Hanson got hung with the loss… To bookend the bizarre behavior, good luck explaining Fredi going to the bullpen with two out and nobody on in the ninth just to have Sherrill replace the Lisp and get a lefty pinch-hitter… JC Boscan got his first career start and in the second his first career hit, which is nice, but in two RBI situations later in the game, not even needing a hit to score a run, he looked just about as hapless at bat as Hanson. Constanza was thrown out on the bases twice, once trying to advance after reaching on an error, the other lined off of first; I don’t understand the second play because it sure looked to me like the first baseman dropped the ball.