Heyward Leads Braves Past Royals

Medlen recorded his fifth win on the year

Medlen recorded his fifth win on the year

The Braves came out with a win in their first ever game at Kansas City’s, Kauffman Stadium.  The bats showed up again and led the Braves to a 4-3 victory on Tuesday night.

The Royals wasted no time getting the scoring started.  Billy Butler, the Royals designated hitter, singled in the bottom of the 1st inning to score Eric Hosmer from second.  The Royals jumped on the Braves early with a 1-0 lead after the 1st inning.

The score would stay that way until the 5th when both teams would put up runs.

Jordan Schafer, starting in left field for a 3rd straight game, doubled down the right field line to score Chris Johnson and tie the game at 1.

Jason Heyward followed Schafer’s double with one of his own.  Heyward’s double scored both Andrelton Simmons and Schafer.  The 2 RBI double by Heyward gave the Braves a 3-1 lead.

The lead for the Braves would be short lived as the Royals would answer in their portion of the 5th.  With Alcides Escobar on 1st, Eric Hosmer hit his 4th home run of the season.  The 2 run homer by Hosmer tied the game at 3.

The Braves would claim the lead back in the 7th inning.  With an 0-2 count, Jason Heyward hit his 6th home run of the season and gave the Braves a 4-3 lead.

The game had drama in the 9thCraig Kimbrel came in to close the game and was not as sharp as Braves fans are used to seeing him.  Back to back singles by Mike Moustakas and David Lough put the tying and winning run on base for the Royals.  Kimbrel recorded 2 strike outs before walking the Royals lead off batter, Alex Gordon.

With the bases loaded, and 2 outs in the 9th, Kimbrel was able to get Alcides Escobar to fly out to right to end the game.    The save was Kimbrel’s 22nd of the season.

The Braves had another good day at the plate.  Every Atlanta batter but Brian McCann was able to get a hit against the Royals.

The Braves bats were led by Jason Heyward who finished the day 2-4, 1 HR, and 3 RBIs.

Jordan Schafer had another great day in the lead off spot.  He was 2-5, R, 2B, and 1 RBI.  The Braves have got to find a way to keep his production in that lead off spot

Kris Medlen was not his best on the mound but finished after the 7th inning with 7 IP, 3 ER, and 5 K’s. The win improved Medlen’s win loss record to 5-7.

On Wednesday night, Mike Minor goes for his 9th win of the season. Hopefully, the Atlanta bats will give him some runs to work with.