Omar Infante rescucitates the season! After the usual ten innings of either not hitting with runners on base or not mounting any threats at all, the Braves rallied in the eleventh inning — having apparently managed enough distance from Tommy Hanson to absolutely ensure he wouldn’t get any credit — to win the game. Nate McLouth walked leading off the inning, and Alex Gonzalez bunted him over. (You know how I feel about non-pitcher bunts, but it’s arguably the right call in that situation.) Rick Ankiel walked, and both moved up on a wild pitch. Freddie Freeman struck out looking (on a classic “past the plate outside but caught strike” pitch) but Omar actually pulled the ball down the left field line for what would have been a double had it not ended the game.
For the first ten innings, the Braves’ lone run was a fourth-inning homer by Brian McCann. Having given Hanson one run, they evidently expected him to hold it, and damn if he didn’t come close, shutting out the Marlins for the first seven innings before a single, a stolen base, and a double with one out in the eighth tied the game. With two out, Bobby brought in Jonny Venters, in his continuing effort to see if he can make a pitcher’s arm actually detach at the elbow in the process of throwing a changeup. It didn’t happen this time, as Venters got a strikeout. Billy Wagner followed, then Peter Moylan for an inning and two-thirds (still no arm detachment) then Michael Dunn struck out the only man he faced to get a win. That’s really fair, that is.