After losing five of six in the last week of August, the Braves appeared to be in big trouble on Sunday, August 29th against the Marlins
But like the Braves had done on a number of Sundays this year, they rallied late in the game.
The Braves looked horrible through 7 innings. Derek Lowe was pretty pathetic, pitching only three innings and allowing five earned runs.
The Braves' bats where dominated by Josh Johnson, a serious NL Cy Young contender.
Johnson was removed from the game prior to the 7th inning at which point Jose Veras shut down the Braves in the 7th.
In the bottom of the 8th the Marlins went with former Braves left-hander Will Ohman.
Heyward stated the rally with a walk. After a Prado fly out, McCann singled. Heyward than scored on an Eric Hinske double. The Braves had runners at 2nd and 3rd.
Alex Gonzalez struck out and then Melky Cabrera seemed to end the inning with a ground out to third. However Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez missed the throw and McCann and Hinske hustled home. It was 6-4 headed to the 9th inning.
Once again Brooks Conrad was at the center of the rally.
Conrad drew a lead-off walk and than Matt Diaz launched a mammoth opposite home run (with a nice bat throw) to tie the game at six.
The Braves recorded two quick outs before Brain McCann came to the plate.
McCann hit a 2-2 pitch to right field, which was originally ruled as having bounced off the top of the wall and back into play. Instant replays quickly showed the ball had skipped over the outfield wall and then bounced back unto the field. McCann, standing a second with a double, argued his case. The umpires huddled and thankfully decided to review the play
Their decision didn't take long. It was a walk off home run. Or as bravesjournal.com writer Mac Thomsan said on twitter, "The rarely-seen trot, stand at second, then walk off home run.The rarely-seen trot, stand at second, then walk off home run."
It was the first time in baseball history that instant replay had been used on a game-winning homerun.
Here is a look at cool win probability graph from the game via Fangraphs.com
The Video Highlights:
McCann's Walk Off