In the first, McCann hit a two-run homer and Freeman a solo shot for a 3-0 lead. McCann grounded into a double play in the third, but later Freeman doubled in Dan Uggla and Jose Constanza singled in Freeman to make it 5-0.
At that point, that looked like plenty, as Hudson had retired the first nine men in a row and is well known for holding on to leads like that. It wasn’t to be. Rafael Furcal singled leading off the fourth and came around to score. But it was the sixth that was the problem inning. Hudson allowed four of the first six men to reach on three singles and a walk to score a run and load the bases. After a two-run single cut it to 5-4, Fredi brought in Jonny Venters, spiralling out of a late inning role. Venters allowed a single to tie the game before getting a flyout to end the inning.
The Braves grabbed the lead right back. Leading off, Jose Constanza reached on an infield single, which is likely enough. He then went to second on a wild pitch, sure. But Jack Wilson doubling him in? Really unlikely, but it happened. Later in the inning, with two out, McCann hit a two-run single to make it 8-5.
Chad Durbin got through the seventh, but then Eric O’Flaherty had a rough eighth that wasn’t all his fault, with an infield single and an error contributing to two runs, cutting it to 8-7. The Braves got the runs back in the bottom of the inning, Uggla scoring pinch-runner Tyler Pastornicky on a sac fly, and Freeman driving in Michael Bourn with a single. The Braves’ one reliable part, Craig Kimbrel, pitched through a Wilson error in the ninth, getting two strikeouts and a flyout.
After the game, the Braves demoted Pastornicky and brought up Andrelton Simmons. Let’s see what happens.