The silver anniversary of rock bottom: The nadir

The Braves. losers of three straight, were 38-74 entering Game 113. A crowd of 6,070 turned out on one crazy summer night in August to watch Rick Mahler battle Andy Hawkins.

A three-run homer by Murph gave the Braves a 3-1 advantage in the 3rd. The lead held until the 9th when, as you’d expect, the roof caved in. After a Tony Gwynn single, Andres Thomas booted a grounder by Keith Moreland to put the tying runner on base. Marvell Wynne bunted the runners over to 2nd and 3rd with one out. Mahler then coaxed a grounder from Benito Santiago but unfortunately it was hit to Thomas, who committed his second error of the inning.

The Braves still led by 1 and, following a strikeout of Randy Ready, were just one out away from victory. Mahler did his part, getting Garry Templeton to ground softly to first. Guess what happened next.

The third error of the inning, by Gerald Perry, tied the game at three.

It would stay that way for six innings. German Jimenez allowed two runs in the top of the 16th but the Braves battled back, scoring one and putting the tying run on third with Thomas coming to bat. Appropriately, he recorded the final out, dropping the Braves 25.5 games out of first.

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6 Comments on The silver anniversary of rock bottom: The nadir

  1. rankin' rob // August 6, 2013 at 7:48 am //

    Ah, good times.

  2. Jack Straw // August 6, 2013 at 9:59 am //

    I am afraid you possess a cruel streak. All those memories, repressed no more.

  3. cleteboyerfan // August 6, 2013 at 11:49 am //

    Good ‘ol Andres Thomas, the only Brave I’ve ever booed. And that fielding display was typical Rick Mahler luck.

  4. I booed Len Barker.

  5. Sharon Egan // August 6, 2013 at 4:41 pm //

    Ah, those halcyon days of access to the empty seats in any section unimpeded by the ushers, toting multiple draughts of questionable quality.

  6. Andrelton the Giant // August 6, 2013 at 6:33 pm //

    I used to love finding an Andres Thomas baseball card when I opened a new pack. Every other Brave I slipped in to a protective sleeve immediately and kept them. Thomas’ cards were enthusiastically ripped apart and thrown away.

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