You see, this is what happnens when you don’t strike anybody out. Heading into the bottom of the seventh, the Braves led 1-0, but fell behind 2-1 even though the Twins didn’t really hit the ball hard that inning. They got a single on a chopper up the middle that Prado fielded but couldn’t get out of his glove. They got another on a routine double play ball to third that Zombie Chipper just kind of… watched… go by him. They loaded the bases on a swinging bunt that was at least a “legitimate” infield single in that it would have taken a perfect play to get him. They got two runs on two further singles, and won the game. The Braves actually played good defense behind Hudson much of the night (especially Heyward, who made a leaping catch at the wall, Yunel, who made several nice plays, and Melky) but if you are relying on them putting the ball in play, they’re occasionally going to hit some where they ain’t, and some where they are but can’t do anything with it.
The Braves took the lead in the second when Glaus and McCann (DHing) singled and they played some NATIONAL LEAGUE BASEBALL with Yunel bunting them over and Infante driving Glaus in with a groundout. I’d rather have tried for a hit, but Yunel does ground into a lot of DPs. They had a few scoring chances late in the game, mostly of the runner at second, two out variety.
Heyward took the Golden Sombrero, 0-4 with four strikeouts; sending a lefthanded rookie, even a supremely talented one, against Francisco Liriano’s slider is kind of unfair. He was not alone; Liriano struck out eleven, and closer Jon Rauch struck out the side (including Heyward) in the ninth.