David Hale had a very solid performance even with his defense letting him down immensely at times. Justin Upton and Dan Uggla had some terrible errors that led to runs, two of which ended up counting as earned runs against Hale.
Upton dropped a first inning fly ball while Uggla made a diving stop but was unable to get the ball out of his glove and then let a potential double play ball go right between his legs. Despite the poor defense, Hale was able to strikeout five batters and allow only three total runs. Uggla had a good road trip at the plate but his defense was costly in the field on a number of occasions.
Ian Thomas, David Carpenter, and Luis Avilan relieved Hale and all looked impressive. It was especially nice to see Carpenter settle down after a few shaky performances. Jason Heyward had three hits including a double that led to a run when Curtis Granderson threw the ball from right field into the Braves dugout. In the top of the tenth, Justin Upton tripled to left-center to put the go ahead run in scoring position for Lord BABIP, but Johnson was unable to come through as he flew out to right field.
Anthony Varvaro entered in the bottom of the tenth and promptly gave up a leadoff single to David Wright, his fourth hit of the afternoon. Varvaro pitched his college ball a few miles east of Citi Field and settled down after the single to wright, getting Daniel Murphy to fly out and then striking out Chris Young and Lucas Duda to finish his inning. Unfortunately Varvaro’s spot was due up next, I would have liked to see the Braves double switch out Chris Johnson for Ramiro Pena to insert Varvaro another inning of work.
The Braves couldn’t muster a run after a leadoff walk from Dan Uggla against Daisuke Matsuzaka, so Gus Schlosser entered the game in the eleventh and finished the inning in an astonishing seven pitches. The two long relievers battled each other for a couple more innings until Schlosser walked Kirk Nieewenhuis to start the bottom of the 14th. Ruben Tejada bunted Kirk over and Fredi Gonzalez opted to intentionally walk Eric Young to get to Curtis Granderson, who was 0-6 entering the plate appearance. Granderson flew out to Justin Upton who couldn’t get the throw into home in time. The Braves lost a marathon of a game 4-3 but still took the series.