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Braves-Giants Game 2 Score: 4 Each Going Into The Bottom Of The Ninth

It’s been a rough couple of days for Jason Heyward. The rookie phenom, whom we’ve been hoping to see big things from this series, has yet to earn a hit, and that continued against Brian Wilson in the ninth inning. Wilson appeared to recover from his poor performance in the 8th inning, immediately striking out Omar Infante before Jason Heyward softly grounded to short, and Braves’ fans everywhere died a little inside. We all wanted to see something big from him in the 9th inning in a playoff game.

Derrek Lee came to the plate with a 2-4 line on the night, staring down the bearded man (early returns seem to indicate that yes, the beard is real) in what was a charged, high pressure AB. After nearly getting hit with a pitch to load the count, Derrek Lee just missed a double in the right field corner on a ball just barely foul that made every Giants fan in the stadium hold their collective breath. The 8th pitch of Lee’s at-bat appeared to be a hanging slider that he couldn’t connect with for the strike out.

Heading to the bottom of the ninth in San Francisco, still tied.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.