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Game 154 Recap

Written by Paddy McMahon on .

Marlins 5 (70-84), Braves 4 (87-67)

W: Clay Hensley
L: Craig Kimbrel

Unreal. Just unreal.

This game seesawed from another disappointing performance by a slumping Braves squad to a scrappy, inspired comeback that would be punctuated with another dominant three-inning gamut of Eric O'Flaherty, Jonny Venters and Craig Kimbrel to a shocking, hang-your-head in disbelief loss. Ricky Nolasco no-hit the Braves through four, and it wasn't until Jason Heyward homered that the team showed signs of life. Unfortunately, Mike Minor was spending his time getting to see just how hard and far Mike Stanton (two homers, and continued evolution into a hold-your-breath every time he hits a flyball guy) and Logan Morrison (one donger) could hit baseballs.

Things looked bleak until the seventh inning, when Dan Uggla led off with a homer. After recording two consecutive groundouts, Nolasco looked like he might escape unscathed ... but then issued back-to-back walks and was lifted for Mike Dunn. Dunn induced weak contact from Michael Bourn, but unfortunately for Dunn, weak contact isn't a bad thing when you've got Bourn's speed. Bourn beat it out, and Alex Gonzalez scored to bring the Braves within one. Then, Ryan Webb walked Martin Prado to tie the game and Omar Infante booted a Chipper Jones grounder to allow the go-ahead run to score.

Rarely had the Uggla trade looked so good.

And then it was time for the Braves bullpen to do Braves bullpen things: three innings, one run to protect, no problem. O'Flaherty pitched around a couple baserunners, Jonny Venters was perfect, and all that was left was for Craig Kimbrel to close things out. Kimbrel retired the first two batters without incident, then induced a high chopper to third. At this point, circumstances conspired against the Braves as Chipper lost sight of the ball due to the ahem suboptimal placement of the field lights, and displayed all the grace of a palsied rhinoceros as the ball skipped past him.

And then I think that what happened is Omar Infante demolished a fastball that Kimbrel didn't elevate quite enough and it somehow ended up in the left field bleachers. I'm not real sure, 'cause I sort of blacked out, but, yep, that seems to be what Twitter is telling me.

So, y'know, the Wild Card lead is now something like -45 games (+2.5) and god is dead (I feel like that might've been mentioned before) and all is dark in the world. Find yourself your beverage of choice and raise your glass high to Randall Delgado, who takes the mound tomorrow against Anibal Sanchez And His Ears in what is kind of an unfair if you ask me one-vs-three showdown. 7:10 EDT y'all.


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