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Rick Ankiel homers in 11th as Braves draw even with Giants

Oct 9, 2010, 1:45 AM EDT

We might just have ourselves a competitive series here.

The Braves evened things up with the Giants tonight — or this morning,
really — taking Game 2 by the score of 5-4 in 11 innings. They jumped
ahead thanks to a long solo home run by Rick Ankiel, which splashed down
in McCovey Cove beyond the right field fence.

The Giants were actually in great position to win in the bottom of the
10th inning, as Edgar Renteria led off with a bunt single, testing the
hobbled Troy Glaus at third base. After Andres Torres sacrificed him
over to second base, Billy Wagner was removed from the game due to an
oblique injury. Kyle Farnsworth entered and hit Freddy Sanchez with a
pitch and walked Aubrey Huff to load the bases for Buster Posey. It pretty easy to think the worst.

Farnsworth was able to induce a groundball to Glaus at third, but instead of going the safe route and throwing home, he made the do-or-die decision to go for the double-play by throwing to second base. Incredibly, it worked. Just barely. Inning over. Without a doubt, the key play of the ballgame.

With the series now knotted up at 1-1, the Braves return home for Game 3 on Sunday. Tim Hudson will square off against Jonathan Sanchez.

  1. Craig Calcaterra - Oct 9, 2010 at 2:16 AM

    As I’ve been saying all year: the trade for Farnsworth and Ankiel was absolutely key. Just a brilliant move by Frank Wren.

  2. walk - Oct 9, 2010 at 4:40 AM

    Hey wait a minute…

  3. El Bravo - Oct 9, 2010 at 6:49 AM


  4. maninblack59 - Oct 9, 2010 at 9:15 AM

    I have always liked Ankiel, i watched him fall and rise again as a player, he was a good add on for Atlanta, he is as good on defence as he is a hitter the Braves needed that one for sure, i could say alot about the umps strike zone in all the games but when the players no he is calling them on the outside or the high strike, they have to change thier game at bat and swing the bat would help,

  5. APBA Guy - Oct 9, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    OG and I were speculating as to your state of mind yesterday. Now we know. You’ve lost it :)

  6. Utley's hair - Oct 9, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Oh…okay…you and your reverse psychology.

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