The Atlanta Braves tried to even up the series against the Cardinals on Saturday night in St. Louis.
Then in the bottom of the second, a Randal Grichuk solo home run tied things at two. St. Louis took the lead in the bottom of the 4th. A ground out from Greg Garcia scored Kolten Wong, making it 3-2 Cards.
In the 5th, Atlanta showed a little life when Brandon Phillips popped his 9th home run on the year. That got the Braves to within two.
The Cardinals got that run back on a Paul DeJong solo home run to center.
That ROE almost was an out. On a grounder hit to second, Santana was running the play out until he wasn’t. He slowed down after the Cardinal second baseman fielded the ball.
There was a stumble but nothing to warrant any craziness. Matt Carpenter took the throw and then dropped a soft-toss that hit him in the worst place, the glove.
However, because Santana slowed down, Carpenter recovered to pick the ball up and almost got Santana. Santana was called safe, and the play was so close, the Cardinals reviewed it. The called stood.
The next hitter, Brandon Phillips, walked, and up stepped Freedie Freeman. He did Freddie Freeman things and ripped an 0-2, straight fastball, down the middle, to left. Swanson and Santana scored easily BP went 1st to 3rd, and the Braves cut the lead to one, 6-5 St. Louis.
The Braves hopes rested in the hands of Nick Markakis….