The Braves played yet another tight game with the Giants, this time with Martin Prado breaking a 1-1 tie with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 11th.
In the Braves 3rd, Jose Constanza put down a 1 out bunt hit. Pitcher Delgado put down a sac bunt that Giants pitcher Sanchez fielded and threw Delgado out at first. On the play however, Sanchez rolled his ankle and was unable to continue. Mota came on to pitch to Michael Bourn who hit a RBI (41) single scoring Constanza to make it 1-0. Bourn was caught in a lengthy rundown on the play and eventually thrown out. That’s one of my least favorite plays because there was no need for it–Constanza scored easily; there was no reason for Bourn to draw the throw and get thrown out to end the inning.
Randall Delgado got the start for the Braves and he was terrific. He had a no hitter through 6, allowing only a walk to Fontenot in the 4th that was erased by a nifty Uggla to Gonzalez to Freeman double play. His only mistake was allowing a massive lead off homer to Cody Ross in the 7th. Ross was just a little too proud of himself with a bat flip and a hop/skip–you hit a home run off of a rookie, settle down fella. Delgado finished with 6+ IP, 1 hit, 1 ER, 1 BB, and 4 Ks.
O’Flaherty, Venters, and Kimbrel pitched a scoreless 7th, 8th, and 9th. Arodys Vizcaino pitched a scoreless 10th and 11th to get his first win.
In the 11th, pinch hitter Brooks Conrad hit a 1 out ground rule double to right off of Javier Lopez. He advanced to third on Bourn’s ground out. Then as the crowd chanted “Let’s go Prado”, Prado came through with a 2 out game winning RBI single through the right side scoring Conrad and giving the Braves a 2-1 victory.