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Braves stun Cubs in the ninth inning, win 5-3

Aug 20, 2010, 5:29 PM EDT

The day had not gone well for Atlanta. New first baseman Derrek Lee was 0 for 4 with a couple of strikeouts. Melky Cabrera’s adventures in left field had led to a couple of Cubs runs. The Braves’ bats just weren’t able to do a hell of a lot against Ryan Dempster. Facing Carlos Marmol in the ninth seemed like a mere formality. But then . . .

Martin Prado, Brian McCann and Alex Gonzalez walked. In between, Lee and Melky struck out. Bases loaded, two down, Rick Ankiel up to the plate. The count went to 2-2 . . . Braves down to their last strike and . . . Ankiel triples to right field. 5-3 Braves, which is where things ended after Billy Wagner closed it out. Since they were tempting The Fates by relying on Ankiel to be a hero they should have tried to be really macho and close it out with Farnsworth, but no one ever listens to me.

I’m obviously excited because I’m a big fanboy. But even if you’re not a fanboy you can’t help but marvel at what the Braves are doing this year.  Unless I’m missing one or two, that’s the 3.675th time they’ve come from behind in the ninth this season. They’re living on the edge and it’s been pretty entertaining stuff.

Well, Phillies fans probably aren’t marveling. And today Cubs fans aren’t. But you see what I’m getting at.

  1. Tim's Neighbor - Aug 20, 2010 at 5:40 PM

    I believe that’s 22 last-at-bat wins for these Braves.

  2. El Bravo - Aug 20, 2010 at 6:01 PM

    Sorry Craig, I must disagree with this headline. It should read, “The Braves win in the ninth, Cubs lose in the ninth: just another day of Braves/Cubs baseball”
    There’s nothing stunning here except perhaps that the Cubs are so predictably turrruhble.

  3. Kiwicricket - Aug 20, 2010 at 6:15 PM

    All you have to worry about are the words ‘Ankiel’ and ‘extention’ mentioned in the same sentence.

  4. mission - Aug 20, 2010 at 10:04 PM

    Unbelievable game!

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