Weird game. Of course, most baseball games are weird in their own way, but this was weirder than most. At the center of the weirdness was Kris Medlen, though unfortunately the weirdness for him ended prematurely, and possibly catastrophically.
The Braves took the lead in the first when McCann singled in Heyward. The D-Backs then took the lead in the bottom of the inning with two solo homers (one by KJ). The Braves re-took the lead in the second when Melky tripled (!), Medlen singled him in, then went to second on a wild pitch and scored on an Infante single. Then he gave up another solo homer in the bottom of the inning to tie it. The game was like that, except those were the only homers and the only multi-run innings; everything the rest of the way was one at a time.
Medlen hadn’t allowed anything but the solo homers until the fifth, when the D-Backs put together a two-hit rally to take the lead. In the sixth, Medlen walked (for the second time in the game) and came into score on a Heyward single. Unfortunately, he hurt his left (non-throwing) shoulder sliding into the plate, and his night was done with only 66 pitches thrown.
After a perfect sixth from O’Flaherty, the Braves retook the lead in the seventh. Melky picked up Yunel (who grounded out to the pitcher with runners second and third, Glaus out at the plate) with a single. Moylan struck out two in the bottom of the inning but also walked two, and Venters came in to try to get out of it. He couldn’t, allowing a single to KJ to tie it, but the other runner was thrown out at third to end the inning.
Glaus hit a two-out double in the eighth to drive in Omar, making it 6-5. Melky scored on a bases-loaded wild pitch in the ninth to make it 7-5. Wagner nailed down the save.
The Braves left an awful lot of runners on base, fourteen in all; the D-Backs left only four. That’s the sort of thing that can easily come back to bite you… Chipper was back in the lineup, but went 1-6. Prado took the day off to rest his hand. Everyone in the lineup but Yunel had a hit.