Braves Fall to Reds 4-3 on Stubbs Walk-off Blast

The Braves did a great job of coming back to tie this one after falling behind 3-0 after just two innings. It was all for naught though, as one pitch was all that Drew Stubbs needed to claim a Reds win in the bottom of the ninth. Scott Linebrink had been warming up in the bullpen for what seemed like forever, but when called upon threw just the one pitch to Stubbs that wound up in the right field seats.

Beachy took a while to settle in tonight and gave up some early runs. Unfortunately a Martin Prado error rendered both first inning runs unearned. Brandon Phillips wouldn't have had the chance to Belt an opposite field shot in the first if Prado had fielded a Stubbs grounder cleanly. Meanwhile, Dontrelle Willis was able to handle the Braves early on, only walking three over his six and a third, which is far fewer than average for him.

Miguel Cairo went deep in the second to make the game a 3-0 affair, but the Braves battled back. A McCann homer inched the Braves closer, and later in the fourth, Wilkin Ramirez legged out what could have been a double play to end the inning. By getting to first safely, he allowed Freddie Freeman to score. A wild pitch helped the Braves when it allowed Nate McLouth to advance to second after getting a base knock. Julio Lugo (yes, Julio Lugo) drove in McLouth with a ground ball up the middle to tie the game in the seventh.

Uggla drew a walk, but his hitting streak ended at fourteen games. Venters did his usual thing in the eighth after O'Flaherty pitched around trouble in the seventh. Linebrink's one pitch outing resulted in a loss and a 3-4 road trip.

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