Proof positive that WALKS KILL will not win baseball games. Pinch hitter Ross Gload took a Rafael Soriano fastball over the right field wall for a no-doubt walk-off homerun to give the Marlins a win in game-1 of the series against the Braves. Garret Anderson had given the Braves the lead in the top of the ninth with a solo homerun, but Soriano could not close the door. He may have been a bit rusty, having not pitched in four days, or he could have felt he had to groove one after not getting several close calls on borderline pitches -- part of what led to a 4-pitch leadoff walk in the ninth inning.
Jair Jurrjens pitched well for Atlanta, the only two runs coming on a misplayed ball or a ball that was lost in the lights in the third inning. Both starting pitchers pitched their way out of jams, especially Jurrjens who had very few easy innings. Our bats just didn't get the job done tonight when they had the chance, and an unfortunate outing by Soriano ultimately surrendered the lead and the win.
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