What a crazy game! Today’s goat was the Braves defense. But don’t worry, the offense bailed them out. Yes, you read that right.
In the fourth, Justin Upton bounced one off the arch, pulling the Braves within one. An inning later the Cards got a couple of guys on and Gavin Floyd got a slow roller to Andrelton Simmons. Dan Uggla‘s turn to Freeman was high and the umpire called the runner safe. Fredi challenged the call (the replay looked like Freeman got his foot down) the New York umpires said there wasn’t enough evidence. Of course the Cards scored on the next play.
In the sixth, the Braves got multiple hits in an inning. The umpires called time and the Cardinals had a ceremony to honor this achievement. Freeman (can we just start calling him The Offense?) drove in two to tie the game.
In the seventh, Success(!) misplayed a ball that was in the sun. He then overthrew Simmons. Uggla caught the ball as the speedster Yadier Molina rounded third. Forgetting he had the ball, Uggla just stood there watching. Then he threw the ball well over Laird’s head and Molina scored breaking the tie.
Then something wild happened in the ninth.
“The Offense” singled to center. Chris Johnson struck out (he had hit into two double plays earlier, so he did us a favor.) Simmons popped up. Then Ryan Doumit doubled. El Oso Blanco was intentionally passed. Then something totally amazing happened.
Success(!) worked the count full and fought off some close pitches. Then he drew a bases loaded walk to tie the game. It was an incredible at bat. Good for him keeping his head in the game there. Then the Cards wild pitched the winning run home.
Craig Kimbrel came on and closed out the ninth.
On a small note, today’s game may have been Uggla’s last. The Braves traded for minor league infielder Ozzie Martinez and sent him to AAA. Gwinnett’s game was rained out so no word on if Tommy La Stella was in the lineup. The next 24 hours could be interesting.