Wow, this game had everything. The continuing Streak. Power-mad, inconsistent umpiring. Fredi actually arguing balls and strikes. Helmet tosses. Scott Proctor, setup man extraordinaire. Derek Lowe winning a game!
The Braves took the lead in the second with a nice two-out rally. Michael Bourn‘s infield single scored David Ross. Martin Prado drove in Jose Constanza with a ground-rule double that obviously would have scored Bourn as well, but it didn’t matter as Freddie Freeman singled in both Bourn and Prado. 4-0.
Lowe, who allowed two hits and two walks in the first but didn’t allow a run thanks to a caught stealing (speed kills, all right) and a double play, had an Episode in the third. He allowed three straight singles to load the bases, then after a strikeout walked Giancarlo Stanton with the bases loaded. A ground ball wasn’t double-play material allowing a second run to score, but that was it for the Marlins and managed to be Lowe’s only Episode of the night.
In the fifth, after Dan Uggla extended his Streak with another infield single and Chipper Jones followed with another one, Alex Gonzalez hit a towering fly ball over the stupid wall to make it 7-2. Uggla drove in Bourn with a sac fly in the sixth to make it 8-2.
Cristhian Martinez pitched the seventh and eighth. He allowed one hit, a homer to Greg Dobbs in the eighth to make it 8-3. Then enter the Proctologist, with a masterful Roberto Hernandez setup job to get Craig Kimbrel a chance at a save. Walk, strikeout, homer, walk, it’s 8-5 and the tying run is on deck. Kimbrel came in and got two strikeouts. Don’t expect anything to come of this. Proctor has the sort of job security associated with Supreme Court Justices and Chris Berman. He could kill John Malone’s dog, roast it, serve it on the team plane with a side of steamed poison ivy, and get away with a warning.
Fredi was ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the fourth. Freddie Freeman was ejected for a helmet toss in the eighth. Both ejections were by Hunter Wendelstedt, whose strike zone was inconsistent all night. He trains other umpires.