You can’t make games like this up. 19 innings. Over six hours. Blown calls. Ejections. Scott Proctor, and lots of him. Yes, the worst pitcher on the Braves staff (and arguably the Major Leagues) had to pitch three innings, and with the help of Lady Luck and Freddie Freeman, they were somehow scoreless. But when it came time for him to bat with the winning run on third and no one out, he had to figure his luck had run out. Especially when he hit it right to the third baseman, and Lugo got thrown out at the plate, and Proctor face-planted on his way to first and was going to get doubled-up…Until the ump decided Lugo was safe at home. Yes, five feet from home, Lugo “avoided” the tag and the Braves won 4-3, despite Proctor trying his best not to be the hero. Life’s funny sometimes.
So the Braves avoided their fourth straight loss, and they maintained their wild card lead over Arizona, but they lost Brian McCann to the DL. They also lost the potential acquisitions of Colby Rasmus to the Blue Jays, and Carlos Beltran to the Giants, and Jonny Gomes to the Nationals…which, in hindsight, is probably a good thing. But now, their hopes rest on either Hunter Pence…or Barry Bonds coming out of retirement. Make it happen, Wren.