Ugh. The Braves had this one. They led 3-0 heading into the seventh and 4-2 heading into the ninth, outhit the Giants 11-8 and outwalked them 9-1, and lost in thirteen when McCann threw the ball away trying to catch a basestealer with two out (he said he was interfered with, and at any rate something hit him) and the batter got an infield single that obviously wouldn’t have scored a run from second.
The Braves took the lead in the third on singles by Glaus and Diaz to score Melky and Prado, and Matt drove in Prado again in the fifth. Tim Hudson was dominant through the first six, but gave up a single and a double to the first two batters in the seventh, and they scored on consecutive groundouts. He only struck out two on the day, but didn’t walk anyone and was getting a ton of ground balls. Saito breezed through the eighth, but Wagner didn’t have it today, allowing a two-run homer by Edgar Renteria to tie it.
The game went on and on and the Braves simply didn’t capitalize on numerous scoring opportunities. O’Flaherty and Moylan pitched an inning apiece, both getting out of mini-jams, and Medlen got out of a major one (a leadoff double) in the twelfth. But he got the loss on the “unearned” run, caused by the umpire’s apparent error.