It was a dark and scoreless game. Finally, a shot rang out, and the Braves were scoreless no Jeff Francouer’s home run in the seventh followed Nick Markakis’s single.The Braves led 2-0.
Chris Withrow cut the margin in half, yielding a solo home run to Jimmy Paredes and becoming the sole member of the Braves parade of pitchers —Joel De La Cruz, Ian Krol, Jose Ramirez, and Mauricio Cabrera preceded him — to yield a run.
That’s all Chris gave up though, so Jim Johnson inherited the 2-1 lead going into the ninth in perhaps his last Braves appearance of the year. JJ promptly increased the degree of difficulty for both the save and his trade. Fortunately, he enticed a 6-4-3 double play to erase the leadoff walk. Carlos Ruiz fanned to end the game, and now Jim has to wait with the rest of us to see if he has a tomorrow in Atlanta.