Almost a great comeback, but in the end just another one for the MBLTI, “Team comes from behind but can’t get the big hit to tie it or take the lead.” It was also another one for the weird game list. The Braves were struck out sixteen times by the legendary Ricky Nolasco, he of the 5.06 ERA. They almost came back, but with the bases loaded and two out, Diaz took off on a wild pitch, realized he didn’t have enough time to make it home, and was thrown out at third anyway. Ecch.
Javier Vazquez had a game like we’ve seen a few times, from him and from a couple of other pitchers, where he struck out nine in six innings of work, but seemingly everything they hit was hit hard or in the right (wrong) place. In the third, the Marlins got three runs (two “unearned”) on three hits, a wild pitch, and an error by Chipper. In the fifth, they got a two-run, two-out homer from official Braveskiller Ross Gload.
The Braves had only one hit through five, and stranded two runners in the sixth. They finally got to Nolasco for two in the seventh, both runs “unearned” after an error by Ramirez let Yunel reach, and he and ACHE were driven in by LaRoche. In the ninth, McCann walked, and went to third on a groundout and an error, scoring on a single by Yunel. With two out, Wes Smelms threw away a ball allowing the game to continue, and a single by Infante cut the lead to one. McLouth walked (for the third time in the game) to load the bases, but then came Diaz’s misadventure.