The Braves loaded the bases in the ninth inning off of the Red Sox closer, but couldn't come away with a run when Matt Diaz swung at a fastball at eye level and came up empty to end the threat. With the first pitch of the bottom of the ninth, ex-Braves infielder Nick Green hit a Fenway-only homerun around Pesky's pole in right field for the walk-off win. The ninth pretty much typifies how the Braves day went.
The Braves out-hit the Red Sox 14-to-10, but they were just 4-for-16 with runners in scoring position, they left 9 men on base, they grounded into 2 double plays, and they played pretty sub-standard defense. The boiling point was reached in the seventh when Eric O'Flaherty gave up the lead on some questionable pitches, O'Flaherty argued with the umpire, Bobby Cox came out to intercede and was thrown out of the game, and Chipper Jones, who had his own questionable call in the first inning, had seen enough and let the home plate umpire have it and was also ejected from the game.
The ejections didn't fire up the team enough for them to take the lead. The Braves kept fighting, and Jair Jurrjens kept fighting even though he didn't have his best stuff, but in the end it wasn't enough... ahhh, the story of our season.
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