Just when it looked like the Braves were on the way to an early postseason exit they did what they have done all season long: mount an improbable comeback. Down four runs Atlanta rallied to an improbable 11 inning 5-4 win over the Giants Friday night in San Francisco. The comeback ties the best of five NLDS series at a game apiece as it heads back to Atlanta on Sunday.
Rick Ankiel capped the comeback with his towering Barry Bonds like home run in the 11th that splashed into McCovey cove. It is the first postseason homer in Ankeil’s career and it will probably go a long way toward exercising some of those demons lurking from his disastrous postseason debut as a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2000. That epic meltdown actually occurred against the Braves. He never regained his confidence on the mound which led to his move from pitcher to outfielder, which set up his path to game two hero Friday night.
Bobby Cox watched all the drama unfold from the clubhouse, he was ejected in the second inning. It is the 158th time in his career that he’s been tossed, the third in time it’s happened in the postseason.
Game three is Sunday at Turner Field. Tim Hudson will start on the mound for Atlanta. He’ll face Jonathan Sanchez. First pitch is 4:37.