Braves 10, Marlins 5

Atlanta Braves vs. Florida Marlins – Box Score – July 24, 2010 – ESPN.

Even PURE EVIL is no match for the powers of Brooks Conrad, folk hero extraordinaire. Conrad’s second pinch-hit homer of the year was only the biggest blow of an eight-run eighth inning that flipped the game around as, once again, the Marlins’ bullpen and infield defense imploded.

The Braves opened the game with a 1-0 lead as The Prado hit another leadoff homer. It’s getting to be a habit with him. But the Marlins tied it up in the bottom of the inning with a HBP, single, and groundout. In the third, Heyward scored on a McCann single to make it 2-1, but once again the Marlins rallied back to take control against Kris Medlen. After tying the game on a double by newly-minted Braves-killer Gaby Sanchez, they took the lead on a two-run homer by veteran Braves-killer Dan Uggla. In the sixth, the guy who stole Mike Stanton‘s name hit a solo shot against Medlen to make it 5-2, while the offense was in Hibernation Mode.

Jesse Chavez pitched a perfect seventh, and earned the win when the Braves exploded. Heyward led off with a single. Chipper hit a grounder to third that Jorge Cantu double-botched, though they called it only one error, runners first and third. McCann was hit by a pitch to load the bases, then Glaus drew a walk to make it 5-3. Hinske tied it with a single, scoring Chipper and Diaz (who ran for McCann). AAG tried to bunt and screwed up, but everyone was safe on another Cantu error. Nate Louth, of course, grounded out, but managed to make only one out, a force at the plate, setting the stage for the folk hero. After singles by Prado and Heyward, Chipper grounded out to score another run, making it 10-5.

Venters pitched the last two innings. He gave up a leadoff single to Uggla in the eighth, but pitched around it. In the ninth, he loaded the bases on a walk to Wes Helms, a single, and an infield hit, but somehow got Uggla to ground out to end it.

Heyward had a day of it, going 3-3 with two walks and two runs scored. Bobby emptied his bench, mostly in the eighth inning, and you have to give him credit, despite some odd choices — it worked out.

24 thoughts on “Braves 10, Marlins 5”

  1. saw a discussion about Heywards singles…Ill take him and his baserunning skills getting on any way he can. He’s about as fast 1st to 3rd as any in the league

  2. @1
    Answer: Getting two pinch hit grand slams and a game winning suicide squeeze in the same season. Gotta love Brooks.

  3. Look, Heyward only OPS’ed at a 1.600 rate this game. He’s got to pick the pace.

  4. How much goodwill does this buy Brooks for 2011? Greg Norton got a full second season for doing jack! Love Brooksie.

  5. did anyone else just see the highlights from the US Mens softball team? Rusty Bumgarner is ridiculous….450 ft? he’s hit one 525 before

  6. As long as Conrad’s the #2 IF off the bench, I’ll have no problem with him as part of the team.

  7. Bethany, slow down to 5 on the tread if we go to extra innings. No need for a heart attack.

  8. I’d give ‘The Raw Dog’ more than 2 wins above Joe Thurston. I’d say more like four.

  9. Was this game perhaps the ultimate illustration of the ridiculous way that major league managers use – or don’t use – their closers? Bases loaded, no outs in the eighth and they bring in the kid from A ball with no control, then after that predictably goes badly they go to Badenhop who of course sucks. Even with the game at dire risk, Leo Nunez is saved for a ninth inning lead that never arrives. It’s unbelievability idiotic but yet every single other manager would do the exact same thing. How could they have it so wrong when 30 years ago they had it so right? Because someone dreamed up the Save stat?

  10. This is exactly what I have anticipated from the Braves. This season, they tend to always come back after heartbreaking losses. This makes this season so different to the past three years. At this stage, I have no doubt that the Braves will reach the postseason.

  11. Just think of all those Phillies fans thinking the Marlins were about to win. Then the rally. Then the slam.

    I love it.

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