You just don’t expect Jonny Venters to give up four runs in the eighth inning, especially not to the Padres. The Braves had been living in luck all game, getting out of jam after jam, but their premier escape artist had no luck at all. He walked the leadoff man, then the next batter hit a terrible swinging bunt Venters was unable to field in time to throw to first. A free out sacrifice followed, which Fredi topped with a free baserunner intentional walk. Then things got really weird.
The next batter bunt popped out to Venters, but he didn’t get David Ross’ direction to throw to first in time and all the runners were safe. The next batter hit the ball off of Venters, it took a screwy angle, and AAG couldn’t get anyone, tying the game at 1. Two singles later it was 4-1 and Scott Proctor had to finish the game.
The Braves didn’t really deserve to win; as I said, they’d been lucky all game, and they could easily have been down several runs. They had only two hits, a double by McLouth in the third, and another double by Schafer, scoring Hinske from first due to an error, in the eighth.
Tim Hudson went just six, scattering six hits and three walks. Eric O’Flaherty allowed a hit and a walk in the seventh, and had to be bailed out by Scott Linebrink. It was just weird.