You can’t win them all. However, it would have been nice to score, at least.
Tommy Hanson only gave up two hits in the first five innings. Unfortunately, they were both solo homers, one in the second and one in the fourth. Given a chance to maybe get the lead in the third thanks to a throwing error by the pitcher that loaded the bases, the Braves couldn’t capitalize, with Glaus — who admittedly had two hits on the day, but unfortunately couldn’t get them at the right time — grounding into an inning-ending double play. The team wouldn’t really threaten again until late.
Hanson let the first two men on in the sixth before getting a flyout, but Eric O’Flaherty came on and got five outs on nine pitches while stranding two inherited runners, which is pretty impressive. Jesse “Spring Schming” Chavez then came on and was even more impressive, with two 1-2-3 innings, each ending on a strikeout.
The Braves got a couple of baserunners on with two out in the eighth, but Glaus grounded out to end that threat. They got the leadoff man on in the ninth, but Heyward — who went 0-4 — had his first really bad at-bat, striking out on three swings. McLouth walked to bring the winning run to the plate, and Hinske just missed a walkoff pinch homer but it was caught on the track, and then Melky struck out to end the game.