Oct 10, 2010, 8:24 PM EDT
For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
Or was that about second basemen?
Before I start in on the Brooks Conrad sturm und drang, allow me to say that no matter who wins this series, it has been a fantastic one. Close. Exciting. Filled with the unexpected. That went for Friday’s game without question, but perhaps it went even more for tonight.
The Giants led most of the way behind a strong performance from Jonathan Sanchez. Meanwhile, the only damage the Giants could do resulted from Jason Heyward slamming against the wall to give Mike Fontenot a triple, followed by a Brooks Conrad error that allowed Fontenot to score.
Well, at least he got that out of his system, right?
Flash forward to the eighth inning where pinch-hitter Eric Hinske hit a two-run homer. It’s the kind of thing, combined with Rick Ankiel’s home run on Friday, that truly makes you marvel at the blinding star power the Braves are riding in this series. Frank Wren had put a call in to Francisco Cabrera to ask if he wanted to pinch hit and Cabrera turned him down because the gig was way too low-rent for him. Hinske was dramatic enough, however, yelling and pumping his fist at one of the more improbable home runs in recent memory. If the game could have ended right there, oh how memorable it would have been.
But with Billy Wagner at a field hospital someplace, no lead is a sure thing for the Braves. After getting two outs and allowing one baserunner, Craig Kimbrel allowed a Freddy Sanchez single to center. Bobby Cox — who is so damn trusting that he doesn’t even remove Brooks Conrad for a defensive replacement — doesn’t trust Kimbrel to get one more out and brings in Mike Dunn to face Aubrey Huff. Huff singled in the tying run.
What happened next was just so . . . appropriate. Peter Moylan comes in and induces a grounder to second by Buster Posey. That goes right through Brooks Conrad’s wickets. It was his third error of the game. If Bobby Cox wishes to manage more than one more game in his career, it will be the last defensive chance Conrad ever receives. Seriously, put Tim Hudson in at second base. It couldn’t be worse.
It was lost in rage-haze, but I’m told that the Braves eventually got the third out and then went down mostly quietly in the bottom of the ninth. Game over: Giants win 3-2.
If they could take a man’s life for the thoughts that’s in his head . . .
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