Jason Heyward’s Spectacular Catch Leads Braves Past Mets

Heyward's spectacular catch saved the game with two outs in the ninth

Heyward’s spectacular catch saved the game with two outs in the ninth

A 9th inning comeback and a spectacular catch by Jason Heyward, who was playing center field, lifted the Atlanta Braves over the New York Mets, 2-1 on Monday night.  A steady rain in New York was not able to stop another late game comeback against the Mets.

There was a huge difference between the 1st half of Monday’s game, and the 2nd half.  During most of the game, it looked like the Braves would get no-hit by Mets starter, Dillon Gee.  It was not until the 7th inning when Freddie Freeman singled up the middle to get the Braves their 1st hit of the ballgame.

In the 4th inning, the Mets would get what looked like the game’s deciding run.  Justin Upton charged in on a ball hit by Marlon Byrd, but was not able to make the catch.  The ball got by Upton and Byrd was able to leg out a triple.  On the very next pitch, Ike Davis singled to right field to bring in Byrd for the game’s 1st run.

It looked like the run by Marlon Byrd would be the only one the Mets would need.  Mets starter, Dillon Gee, was great on the mound.  Gee pitched 7 innings and only gave up 2 hits to the Braves.  He left with the lead after the 7th inning and turned the game over to the Mets bullpen.   LaTroy Hawkins shut down the Braves in the 8th, but it was not the same story for Bobby Parnell in the 9th.

Evan Gattis, playing in left field, was on 3rd base when Chris Johnson came to bat in the game’s final inning.  Chris Johnson broke his bat on a soft grounder in the infield.  Johnson was thrown out on the play, but the contact allowed Gattis to score.  Dan Uggla was able to move to 3rd base on Johnson’s groundball.  Reed Johnson, who was robbed twice on Sunday, came through with a 2-out single up the middle.  Dan Uggla was able to score and the Braves took a 2-1 lead in the top half of the final inning.

The rain proved to be tough for Braves closer, Craig Kimbrel.  The tying and winning run was able to reach base in the Mets final at bat.  It looked like Justin Turner, pinch-hitting for the Mets, was going to tie and possibly win the game with a shot to the gap in left center.  But Jason Heyward covered a lot of ground and was able to make a remarkable diving catch to dash the hopes of the Mets.

The great speed and catch was a good indication that Heyward’s hamstring is feeling better.

Monday’s game went from being no hit in 6 innings, to squeaking by with a 2-1 comeback victory.

Game MVP:

Reed Johnson: 1-1, RBI

Johnson’s 2-out single in the 9th gave the Braves the lead in their comeback win.  It’s great to have a guy sit on bench the whole game, and come in and get such a clutch hit. He did not play but 1 inning, but is much deserving of this game’s MVP.

Johnson may have been the MVP, but Julio Teheran deserves a lot of credit for the game.  It’s no secret that the starting rotation has struggled recently.  Teheran pitched 6 innings and only gave up the 1 run.  He also struck out 6 in the game.  He did a great job of keeping the game close and allowing the Braves bats a chance to come back.

The Braves win increased their lead ½ game over the idle Phillies.  They now lead the NL East by 7 games.

Kris Medlen (6-9, 3.64) will be opposed by Carlos Torres (0-1, 0.79) on Tuesday night for game 2 of the series.

  • BravesBeliever

    Reid Johnson gets poetic justice with winning hit and Jason….well, there are no words to express in describing the Heyward catch: post appendectomy, 1st day off the DL, playing a different position out of his regular R field post, poor footing on the wet grass and, yet, nonetheless makes an absolutely phenomenal, absurdly mindboggling catch that is unquestionably the best defensive play of the year for the Braves and one of the best all season in the bigs! “Jayhey” is unspeakably excellent and leaves absolutely nothing on the field every play of every inning of every game all year long and throughout his brief but strikingly impressive career! To say this kid is special is like saying the sun is somewhat warm! Only downside is that it is almost criminal that Julio doesn’t get the win. Cruel game in that respect; however, while bitter sweet, most of the bitter melted away with the sweetness of the victory! Just what the doctor ordered (pun intended w/all the injuries)!!! Braves needed this one in the worst way and, more importantly, perhaps, needed it in THIS morale boosting way. GO BRAVES!!

    • http://atlantabullpen.com/ Jim Hart

      The Braves were the ones to make the great plays late to win the game. The day before, the Sox did it to the Braves. Amazing how things even out. Have the Phillies and Nationals been pronounced dead yet or are the corpses gonna be allowed to roam around a little while longer?