A Chris Johnson 10th inning homer lifted the Atlanta Braves to a 4-1 over the New York Mets Wednesday. The win gives the Braves a series tie in this brief 2 game set with the Mets.
Both lineups really struggled to get anything going on Wednesday afternoon. Alex Wood and Jonathon Niese did not have their best stuff. They were both helped out by the opposition. Niese finished with 7 IP, and 1 ER. He also struck out 9. The Braves really struggled to make contact early in the game.
Alex Wood finished with 6 IP, and 1 ER as well. He struck out 4 and did a great job pitching with runners on base.
The Mets got the scoring started when Josh Satin crushed a ball to left field. The huge shot by Satin in the 4th put the Mets up 1-0.
In the 6th inning, the Braves would tie things up. The run came at the cost of Jason Heyward. I will not go into detail about the Heyward HBP. Jim wrote an earlier article about it. Jordan Schafer entered the game for Heyward, after the HBP. Later in the inning, Freddie Freeman singled to center to score Schafer and tie the game up at 1.
The Mets had a chance to win it in the 9th inning. They had winning run on 3rd, and the bases loaded when Juan Lagaras, the Mets center fielder, hit into a fielder’s choice to end the inning.
The 10th looked to be over when Freeman hit a comebacker at the Mets pitcher. The ball went off the pitchers glove and rolled off the back of the mound. Freeman was able to beat out a close play at 1st to keep the inning alive.
The close play at 1st, kept the inning alive and gave Chris Johnson a chance to hit. With Andrelton Simmons on 2nd, and Freeman on 1st, Johnson hit his 10th home run of the season. Johnson’s homer put the Braves up 4-1 and set the stage for Craig Kimbrel.
Kimbrel gave up a hit to Marlon Byrd but eventually shut down the Mets for his 40th save of the season.
Chris Johnson: 1-5, R, HR, and 3 RBIs
Johnson’s homerun was a huge 2 out hit for the Braves. It gave them a much needed win in the quick day/night turnaround.
It was a great win for the Braves, but it was definitely bitter sweet with the injury to Heyward. Keep in check with Atlanta Bullpen and we will do our best to keep you up to date with the Heyward injury news.
The Braves continue to set pace at the top of the NL. They now have a 2.5 game lead for the NL best record.
The Braves are now flying to St. Louis to take on the Cardinals, who have started to come down to earth as of late. Thursday night, Paul Maholm (9-9, 4.41) will be making his return from a wrist injury. He will be opposed by Cardinals starter, Joe Kelly (4-3, 3.01).