Whew. The Braves didn’t really deserve to win that, but I’ll take it. After a blown 4-1 lead and a blown save with two out in the ninth, Jordan Schafer hit a two-strike pitch to left for a single, and (after Schafer went to second on a groundout) Kelly Johnson brought him home on a two-strike single to right.
Derek Lowe started, and while he wasn’t nearly as sharp as he was Opening Day, he led 4-1 in the fourth, largely on a three-run homer from Escobar, when the umpires stopped the game due to rain; actually, a lot of his lack of sharpness may have been due to wet baseballs. After a rain delay in which entire civilizations rose and fell, the game was up to the bullpen. And you know what that means.
Buddy Carlyle was actually pretty good for two innings, but was pulled with two on and two out in the sixth, and Peter Moylan (who is clearly not right) and Eric O’Failurety combined to let the Nats pull even.
In the seventh, Francoeur hit a grounder up the middle with two out and runners first and second. I have no idea how the Nats infielders didn’t at least knock it down — it was going so slowly I was surprised it made it as far as it did — but it got through, and McCann scored from second to take the lead.
Soriano cruised through the eighth, but KJ was thrown out trying to score with two out in the bottom of the inning, leaving the lead at one. Diaz Pradoed a routine fly ball into a double leading off the ninth. A single and a walk loaded the bases, though Gonzalez also got two outs — one swinging at a bases-loaded ball four. He then got ahead 0-2, only to give up a line drive that he knocked into foul territory, scoring the tying run. The ball probably would have made it into the outfield to score two runs, so it was lucky, I guess. He got the last out of the inning.
Campillo pitched the tenth and got the win… McCann had three hits, all doubles; KJ and Escobar also had three hits. The two teams combined to leave 28 men on base.