San Francisco Giants vs. Atlanta Braves – Box Score – August 17, 2011 – ESPN.

Was this game as close as the score indicated? Well, the tying run came to the plate in the person of Brian McCann in the ninth, so I guess it was. But it wasn’t for most of the way.

The Braves had lots of chances to get early runs. After the Giants took the lead with back-to-back doubles in the first, the Braves loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning on two hits and an error. But with one out, Freddie Freeman struck out. Chipper Jones drew a bases-loaded four-pitch walk to tie it, but Jose Constanza flew out to end the threat. In the second, they left two on, and in the third Dan Uggla doubled leading off, went to third with one out on a throwing error, and was stranded. The Braves had five hits and a walk against Matt Cain in the first three innings; they would not get another of either for the next five.

Meanwhile, in the fourth, the Giants got a couple of bloop hits and Jair Jurrjens then imploded, and by the end of the inning they had four hits and a walk and four runs. With Cain cruising, that looked like it. Cristhian Martinez did his thing for two innings, and then in the ninth Scott Linebrink did his neo-Proctor thing, allowing two runs to make it 7-1. Wouldn’t matter, right?

The Braves got a couple of baserunners, then with two out Jason Heyward singled in Freeman. Michael Bourn reached on an error to score Julio Lugo to make it 7-3. Then Martin Prado doubled them home to make it 7-5. McCann struck out (after taking a 3-1 pitch that sure looked inside to me) to end it. To be fair, the Giants would have handled the inning differently with a four-run lead than with a six-run. But sheesh.