Well, no triumph over PURE EVIL can ever be too easy.
Should have been easy; the Braves led 6-0 after three and had chased the opposing starter in the second. In the first, Michael Bourn and Martin Prado singled leading off, and Dan Uggla got things out of the way early with a two-run single. In the second, Tim Hudson singled in Jose Constanza, and then Eric Hinske, starting at first base, doubled in two. David Ross scored on a wild pitch in the third, but the Braves were unable to get a run-scoring hit against the Marlins pen, despite several chances.
However, Hudson was dealing. Through seven, he’d allowed just three hits and hadn’t walked anyone, while striking out seven. Then in the eighth, he suddenly tired. Logan Morrison led off the inning with a homer. Wes Smelms popped up, but then Hudson allowed a single, a walk, and a single to load the bases. George Sherrill entered and did a pretty good job, getting a groundout and a strikeout (of Greg Dobbs, who is hapless against lefties; I was surprised he hit in that situation) to get out of it with just one additional run scoring.
Fredi went with Arodys Vizcaino in the Atlanta Save situation, and it almost worked. He walked Giancarlo Stanton, but got the next two to pop up and strike out. But then he hit Smelms (supposedly, the contact was minimal at best) and then walked the bases loaded. Jonny Venters had to come in and get a strikeout to save the game for real.
The attendance report claims that the stadium was 57.3 percent full tonight. BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!