Argh. What a way to lose. After the Braves came back from 4-1 down to tie, then from 5-4 in the ninth to take the lead, Billy Wagner blew his second consecutive save to lose the game.
Derek Lowe allowed a two-run homer to Uggla in the first, then settled down for the next four innings. The Braves got one run back on a solo homer from Prado, then Lowe, as he so often does, fell apart in and couldn’t get out of the sixth, allowing two runs on a two-out single after loading the bases. The Human White Flag managed to get out of it, somehow.
But in the seventh, McCann stepped forward with a two-out, three-run homer. (You could see it coming when the LOOGY tried to throw him low and in; lefthanders just shouldn’t throw him straight stuff there.) However, Moylan allowed a monster homer in the bottom of the inning. I think there’s something seriously wrong with him.
In the ninth, the Braves got off the mat again. Prado doubled leading off, and after Heyward couldn’t get him over (after a ridiculous bunt attempt, he then lined out to short) a brief shower interrupted play. Chipper walked, and McCann came through again with a hard single to right. Troy Glaus worked a walk, then Diaz, pinch-hitting, was hit in the hand, driving in the go-ahead run. Unfortunately, Gonzalez and Infante struck out rather than padding the lead.
Wagner should have struck out Wes Smelms leading off the inning, but the first base umpire called an obvious swing a ball and Smelms walked on the next pitch. After a flyout, the next batter singled, and went to second on a bad throw from Melky. Hanley Ramirez was walked intentionally, then Wagner struck out Uggla. But on the second pitch to the next batter, he threw wild (it was called a passed ball, but it was nowhere near where it was supposed to be) and allowed the tying run to score, then allowed a single to end it. Tired? Old? Ankle bothering him? Or just unlucky?
I should add that Nate Louth repeatedly failed in several situations with runners on base before being double-switched out of the game. He is the Whipping Boy for a reason.