So the bad news is that Randall Delgado didn’t get a no-hitter, or a win. Good news is that the Braves got a win, against one of the teams they’re in direct competition with. Oh, and we owe them a little from last year, too.
Delgado actually faced the minimum through six, having allowed one baserunner, on a walk, who was erased on a double play. The Braves led 1-0 after the third inning, when Jose Constanza laid down a terrible bunt but reached anyway when nobody was near first base, and after the inevitable bunt by Delgado Michael Bourn singled Constanza home, though he was then caught in a run-down for some reason.
I was starting to wonder how long you could go with Delgado in a 1-0 game, no-hitter or not, even if his pitch count wasn’t that high. I figured the seventh had to be his last inning. But Commando Cody Ross — of course — spoiled things with a solo homer, tying the game. Fredi went to Eric O’Flaherty immediately, and he had no trouble.
The Braves weren’t doing much offensively. Meanwhile, Jonny Venters allowed a couple of soft singles with two out in the eighth but got out of it, as did Craig Kimbrel after a single in the ninth. Arodys Vizcaino was the long man. After a leadoff walk in the tenth, he got out of it with a double play.
The Braves really should have won in the tenth. Dan Uggla singled leading off. Freddie Freeman then got a hit down the first-base line that looked like a double, but the right fielder got to it quick and Freddie was thrown out trying to get back to first. Chipper Jones was walked, and Alex Gonzalez hit into the inning-ending double play.
Vizcaino gave up a single in the eleventh, but that was it. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Brooks Conrad hit a ground-rule double down the right field line. Bourn grounded out, moving him to third. And Martin Prado came up with the RBI single, again, to end the game and get Vizcaino his first major league victory.