Paul Maholm pitched very encouragingly, striking out five and surrendering only five baserunners in six and two-thirds innings of work, but the Marlins did score, so the lefty got stuck with a loss.
The game barely lasted two hours. The pivotal play came when John Buck led off the third inning with a deep fly to center — it would have been a yicketty in most other parks, I think — that Bourn misjudged into a “triple.” Maholm almost worked out of it by getting the next two men, but it wasn’t to be, as Gorkys Hernandez singled him home with two out. The other Marlins runs came in the seventh, when Moylan, who looks awful and should not be anywhere near the postseason roster, served up an opposite-field homer to Buck. (Buck was hitting .190-something coming into this game. Yeah.)
The Braves, meanwhile, only even half-threatened to score on one occasion, and Bourn was the goat there, too, grounding out with McCann in scoring position to end the top of the third. Nate Eovaldi looked good; he’s always had good stuff, and tonight, he was commanding it much better than he did in his last start against Atlanta.
On the bright side, Chipper got another hit and sits only one behind the Iron Horse on the all time list — that’s some good freaking company, right there. Also on the bright side, Kris Medlen takes the hill tomorrow, so you have to feel good about taking the series, even with noted Braves Killer (TM) Josh Johnson slated to pitch for the Fish.
So, that’s what I had all laid out and ready to post before the ninth inning. For a minute, I was thinking, “Shame on me!,” but that thought was quickly nullified by an even crappier outcome. The Braves got up off the deck to tie it in the ninth — Heyward double; Chipper walk; Uggla single; McCann game-tying double — but couldn’t take the lead. The next inning and a half saw Paul Janish dislocate his non-throwing shoulder, Jonny Venters and Cory Gearrin combine to escape a Jose Reyes-on-third-with-no-one-out situation, a now-600-pound Heath Bell dominate the Braves’ best hitters, and, ultimately, a walk-off win for the Marlins in the tenth.
Please, Kris, make this memory a faint one.