It was an unfortunate result for the Braves, who got a great performance from Derek Lowe, but couldn't muster enough offense and didn't play good defense behind him. Lowe had a no-hitter working into the sixth inning with a 1-0 lead, but he surrendered a home run to Cody Ross for the first hit and the first run.
Brian McCann gave the Braves the lead again the next inning with a solo home run, but Lowe ran out of gas in the seventh, walking two Giants to load the bases. A throwing error by Alex Gonzalez one batter later allowed the tying run to score, but replays showed that while the throw was high to Infante at second base, he did hold the bag. Another bad call by the umpiring crew in this series goes against the Braves. After a strikeout that would have been the third out, the Giants go ahead on a seeing-eye single.
The Braves had plenty of run-scoring opportunities. They left nine men on base and were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. The young lefty Madison Bumgarner did a good job of working his way out of trouble, and the Giants relievers were a bunch of magicians. Atlanta threatened in the ninth inning with runners on first and second and one out, but Omar Infante struck out and Melky Cabrera made the last out of the Braves season.
The Braves lose another one-run postseason game. Every game of this series has been decided by one run. Simply amazing.
Bobby Cox came out for a curtain call after managing this rag-tag group of players in his last game as the skipper of the Atlanta Braves. With the crowd cheering and chanting "Bobby, Bobby," even the Giants players tipped their caps and applauded the future Hall of Fame manager.
It is unfortunate and ironic that a manager who stressed fundamentals and fielding as much as Bobby Cox did, has his final series and his final game undone by poor fielding. We'll miss you, Bobby.
For an inning by inning recap of the game, go here. More on the game tomorrow morning, sad end to an exciting season.