So, Bobby decided to give Chipper the day off. And Heyward the day off. And McCann the day off. Individually, that made a lot of sense. As a group, it served to cripple the offense. And, as is so often the case, it didn’t even work, as Heyward and Chipper wound up entering the game anyway, and they still lost.
The Braves got an “unearned” run in the second when Ross drove in Yunel, and told Kris Medlen to hold them from there. Medlen could for five innings, pitching around a few problems, but couldn’t get out of the sixth, allowing two runs. Chavez kept it at 2-1, then Venters got out of a Chavez jam in the seventh, and Moylan pitched the eighth. The Braves tied it up that inning on a pinch-hit homer by Hinske (also on the bench, against a lefty) but that was it. O’Flaherty got through the ninth. Heyward led off the tenth with a pinch walk, then Bobby, in his mystical way, sent up Conrad, the walkoff grand slam guy, to pinch-bunt, and Heyward went to second where he got stranded. Saito gave up a two-out homer in the bottom of the inning to lose it.
It should be pointed out that the Braves had just eight hits with two each from the bench guys Infante and Ross, so arguably the lineup didn’t hurt so much. But not having Heyward really put a crimp in it.