This isn’t much fun.
Brandon Beachy was great. He made one mistake, allowing a solo homer to Raul Ibanez in the second inning; it was the only baserunner he allowed before the sixth. But Roy Oswalt no-hit the Braves through five, so there.
At any rate, the Braves finally got not only a hit but two of them, and a run, in the sixth. Michael Bourn doubled leading off the inning, and after Martin Prado signally failed to get him to third with a bad bunt, Chipper Jones singled up the middle, tying the game.
Beachy got the first two in the sixth then walked Shane “Burn-in-Hell” Victorino, and then Placido Polanco hit a flare down the right field line. Jason Heyward trapped it; it was first called an out then reversed, which was the right call. Fredi was ejected arguing anyway. Eric O’Flaherty came in and hit Chase Utley in the helmet with his first pitch (Utley left the game later but apparently not because of this) then struck out Ryan Howard with the bases loaded to end the inning.
Heyward led off the seventh with a single, Alex Gonzalez bunted him to second, and Freddie Freeman, who had entered the game on a double switch, singled him home. 2-1 Braves. O’Flaherty held it in the bottom of the inning, but Jonny Venters — who is struggling with his control — could not in the eighth. (The Braves had blown a golden chance to score after getting their first two on in the top of that inning, when Dan Uggla hit into a rare 5-4 double play.) After a leadoff single and a bunt, Venters struck out Burn-in-Hell, but Polanco singled to right; a good throw by Heyward would have gotten him, but the throw was awful.
Heyward singled again leading off the ninth, and AAG bunted him over again, but he was stranded. Peter Moylan came in to pitch the bottom of the inning. He struck out Hunter Pence, but after getting ahead of Ibanez walked him, allowed a single to the next batter, and another hit ended the game. Blech.