Braves Outlast Marlins In Fourteen

Justin Upton

Justin Upton was the MVP of the game

It took the Atlanta Braves 14 innings to get the bats going on Monday night against the Miami Marlins.  They needed five extra innings, but the Braves were able to claim a 7-1 victory in game one of the series.

Both starting pitchers looked sharp on the mound.  Kevin Slowey, the Marlins starter, pitched five innings without giving up a run.

Mike Minor had his stuff working for the Braves as well.  He finished with 6.1 IP, 1 ER, and 4 K’s.  His numbers do not do justice to how many times he pitched out of trouble during his 6+ innings of work.

Brian McCann did a great job of helping Minor out, as Minor threw a few balls in the dirt.  McCann was great in getting in front of the balls and not letting things get out of hand.

The game was flying by as both teams had trouble getting anything going.

The Marlins got on the board in the fifth inning when Justin Ruggiano singled to left.  His single allowed Marlins shortstop, Adeiny Hechavarria, to score from second base.

The Braves answered with a run of their own in the next half inning.  After a Jason Heyward triple, Justin Upton was able to hit a sacrifice fly that brought Heyward in to score.

The score was 1-1 and it would stay that way for the next six innings.  Both bullpens did a good job shutting each other down.

Up until the Braves big 14th inning, the Miami bullpen pitched seven innings where the Braves did not even record a hit.

The Braves bullpen was just as good.  Jordan Walden, Luis Avilan, Anthony Varvaro, Craig Kimbrel, David Carpenter, and Alex Wood combined to pitch 7.2 scoreless innings.

The Marlins did have a great chance to walk off the Braves in the 13th inning.  But Giancarlo Stanton was stranded when Jason Heyward got a great jump and caught a ball hit to right field.

It took 14 innings but the Braves bats finally came alive.  Justin Upton gave the Braves the lead when he doubled down the left field line.  His double scored both Reed Johnson and Jason Heyward.  The Braves grabbed a 3-1 lead, but they were not done.

Gerald Laird, who entered the game for McCann, singled to center to bring Justin Upton and Freddie Freeman in to score..

A couple batters latter, Chris Johnson got in on the action when he singled to left.  Tyler Pastornicky was able to score on Johnson’s single.  Gerald Laird also scored when Johnson’s ball got by Marlins left fielder, Justin Ruggiano.

Alex Wood came in to get the last three outs as the Braves got a 7-1 win in Monday’s marathon game.

Nobody besides Justin Upton really had a great day at the plate.  However, Gerald Laird can not be overlooked for the great work he did after entering late in Monday’s game.  He went 1-2, R, 2 RBI after being a late game replacement for McCann.

Game MVP:

Justin Upton: 2-5, R, 3 RBI

Though the Braves won by 6 runs, it was Upton’s double that gave the Braves the lead in the 14th inning.  It was Upton that also tied the game up with his sacrifice fly in the sixth inning.

The Phillies were able to hold on the beat the Nationals on Monday.  Though it took longer than they would have liked, the Braves increased their lead in the division back to five games. They need to take care of business with the Marlins this week, as the Nationals and Phillies will be beating up on each other.

The Braves will look for a strong outing from Julio Teheran tomorrow.  Hopefully, he can pitch well enough to go deep in Tuesday’s game.  The Braves will hope for that since the bullpen got extended work during the first game of the series.

It’s Julio Teheran (6-4, 3.23 ERA) vs. Henderson Alvarez (0-0, 5.40 ERA) in game two of the series on Tuesday night.