This was not one for Little Leaguers to watch.
Although every Braves position player hit safely at least once, they only went 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position, and their only run came in the first inning when Freddie Freeman hit into a double play with runners on the corners.
Otherwise, the game was another story of missed opportunities.
The bottom of the second saw Brooks Conrad and J.C. Boscan hit singles. Then, with one out, Tommy Hanson popped a bunt attempt foul, which was caught by Brett Hayes.
Jason Heyward doubled to lead off the fourth. Alex Gonzalez's one-out single could not bring him home, and the Braves stranded both men.
Jose Constanza then committed a cardinal sin in the fifth when he led off with a bunt single and then advanced to second on a throwing error by Ricky Nolasco. The problem occurred when he got greedy and got thrown out at third base. Martin Prado singled three pitches later on a hit that probably would have scored Constanza from second.
Nolasco, to his credit, induced two double plays from Atlanta to limit or negate any damage taken. Even though he gave up 12 hits in 6 2/3 innings, the run on the Freeman double play was somehow the only one he gave up.
Tommy Hanson, on the other hand, labored through his six innings of work to drop to 11-6. He threw 108 pitches for four walks and seven strikeouts. He also gave up all three Marlins runs, including one on Emilio Bonafacio's second homer of the year in the fifth inning.
Chipper Jones did not start for the sixth straight game after straining his right quadriceps, though he did strike out in a pinch-hit appearance. There is a chance he may start Monday in Washington.
The Philadelphia Phillies came from behind to eventually beat the Pittsburgh Pirates Sunday, propelling them to six games in front of the Braves in the division.
Monday's trip to start a three-game set with the Washington Nationals will feature Jair Jurrjens (12-3, 2.38 ERA) and Livan Hernandez (5-10, 4.19 ERA).
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