The Dodgers led most of the night, but the Braves exploded for seven runs in the seventh and added two more in the eighth. It’s a lot more fun when it’s the other team that loses a lead after its offense can’t add any runs.
Tommy Hanson looked simply terrible his first time through the order, allowing five hits and a walk. Fortunately, he got two double plays so got through the first with no runs in before allowing a two-out double by the pitcher to score a run in the second. He then gave up a leadoff triple in the third, followed by a sac fly to make it 2-0. And then, he didn’t allow much of anything for the rest of the night. The Dodgers got a walk in the fifth and a single in the sixth, but Hanson wound up with a pretty good line, six innings, two runs, two walks, six strikeouts.
And a win, because after being shut down all night the Braves erupted in the seventh. The only out the Dodgers would get for the first nine hitters in the inning was a sac bunt by Prado, and even that was the rare bunt that is really productive — first and second, none out. Infante followed with a single that made it 3-2. McCann had a two-run double (Heyward wisely noting that Manny Ramirez was the outfielder and running through Snitker’s stop sign) and Glaus followed with a two-run homer. McCann added two more runs with a bases-loaded single in the eighth.
Venters allowed a hit but struck out two in the seventh, and Moylan was perfect with two strikeouts in the eighth, an encouraging sign. Kimbrel pitched the ninth with the big lead, allowing a run that wasn’t entirely his fault; after a leadoff double, he struck out ACHE, pinch-hitting, but Anderson reached on a passed ball, and Rafael Furcal followed with an infield single to make it 9-3. But Kimbrel then got the heart of the order with two strikeouts and a flyout.
I’m going to leave this up to be the game thread tomorrow, so here’s a video.