It was heartbreak hotel for the Braves on Friday afternoon as they lost a 13 inning marathon to the San Francisco Giants, the game appeared to be in hand with a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the ninth, but then.......
Player of the game - Edgar Renteria
Former Brave Edgar Renteria, who is off to a torrid start, tied the game with a two-run blast off Billy Wagner in the bottom of the ninth. It was a no doubt homer that came off a Wagner slider that stayed up in the zone. I've always liked Renteria as a player, of course that was before he cost the Braves a game in the standings - but still he has a great approach at the plate.
What I Liked
Tim Hudson - There were plenty of questions about the $28 million dollars the Braves committed to Tim Hudson coming off a major elbow injury, one game into the season and Hudson looks great. Obviously we still have a long ways to go but I was impressed by his outing today. His pitches had great movement and he did an excellent job of getting 0-1 on the Giants hitters all day.
What I Didn't Like
Too many men left on base - The Braves drew nine walks and outhit the Giants, but they stranded a staggering 14 of those baserunners. Yunel Escobar and Troy Glaus have both had troubles hitting with runners in scoring position.
The blown save - Closers aren't going to be perfect, even those with Wagner's stuff, but it was still a disappointing end to a terrific game.
What's Up Next
Braves at Giants Saturday 10:15 ET - Derek Lowe vs Todd Wellemeyer