July has been an odd, up and-down month, hasn’t it? One day to go, and it’s another up-and-down game, this one ending on a happy note.
The Braves couldn’t score in the first two innings, despite doubles by Heyward and Hinske. They broke through in the third, when Prado singled, went to second on a Heyward groundout, and scored on a Chipper single. Chipper went to second on the throw, but was stranded.
Kris Medlen mowed down the Reds the first time through the order, allowing only a walk, but with two out in the third gave up four consecutive hits to allow three runs, giving the Reds a two-run lead. The Braves tied it up in the fifth, when McCann hit a two-run homer, scoring Chipper. They loaded the bases in the sixth on a single by Infante, a double by Melky, and Medlen being hit by a pitch; Medlen later had to leave the game. Prado hit a ground-ball to score Infante, but after a strikeout of Heyward and a walk of Chipper, McCann couldn’t come through this time, leaving the bases loaded.
Moylan had no trouble in the sixth, and Saito allowed only a single in the seventh, but they finally got to Jonny Venters. Well, Joey Votto, who’s only been the best hitter in the league, did, anyway. Votto hit a leadoff homer in the eighth to tie the game. Venters then allowed a double to Scott Rolen, but pitched around that, getting a one-out strikeout with Rolen on second.
In the tenth, Melky — Melky! — walked with one out, and stole second with two out. Prado walked, and both of them scored on a long single by Heyward. Unfortunately, he seemed to hurt himself on the play, and had to leave the game for Gonzalez, who was sick and not supposed to play.
With one out in the tenth, Billy Wagner gave up a double to Rolen and hit the next batter, but got a flyout and a strikeout
and a walk to end it. Jesse Chavez, of all people, got the win for somehow getting through the ninth without allowing a run.