And so it ends. Atlanta had a 10.5 game lead on August 25th and and couldn't hold it. This one was as gut wrenching as a regular season game can get. This sucks.
The Braves responded in the bottom of the first inning. Michael Bourn singled and then stole second. He advanced to third on a ground out from Martin Prado and scored on a sacrifice fly from Chipper Jones to tie things up at one.
Joe Blanton left after two innings, and gave way to Cole Hamels in the bottom of the third. With runners on first and second with no outs, Atlanta attempted a double steal with Chipper at the plate. Bourn appeared to be safe at third but was ruled out, and it looked like the Braves had run themselves out of the inning.
Luckily, Dan Uggla followed with a two-run homer, his 36th of the season, and made it a 3-1 game in favor of the Braves.
The score held until the top of the seventh inning, as a Raul Ibanez double and Placido Polanco single put runners on first and third with one out. Carlos Ruiz reached on an error by Jack Wilson, allowing Ibanez to score and cutting the Braves lead to 3-2.
Hudson left after that, finishing with a line of 6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, and 4 K.
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Eric O'Flaherty followed and escaped the inning by inducing a huge double play ball.
Jonny Venters entered to pitch the bottom of the eighth, and got into a jam of his own. 2 walks and a hit by pitch loaded the bases with two outs for Ibanez, but Venters struck him out to end the inning.
Atlanta called on Craig Kimbrel to pitch the ninth inning and attempt to close out the game. He allowed a single and two walks to load the bases with one out for Chase Utley. Utley managed to fly out to deep left, scoring pinch runner Pete Orr and tying the game at three.
Kimbrel walked Pence to load the bases again, and was pulled in favor of Kris Medlen. Kimbrel threw 29 pitches, 16 of which were balls. Medlen escaped the bases loaded jam by getting Michael Martinez to pop out in foul territory by third base.
Atlanta couldn't score in the bottom of the ninth, and the game went to extras.
The Braves came close to ending it in the bottom of the 12th, as Jason Heyward singled and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Jack Wilson.
Scott Linebrink entered to pitch the 13th inning and performed, well, like Scott Linebrink. Linebrink walked Brian Schneider and gave up a single to Utley to put runners on first and third with two outs. Hunter Pence followed with a bleeding single to right of Freddie Freeman that scored Schneider and gave Philly a 4-3 lead.
David Herndon closed out the game in the bottom of the 13th, surrendering a walk to Dan Uggla and nothing more. Freddie Freeman grounded into a double play to end it.
Until next year Braves fans..