Simmons First Career Walk-off Lifts Braves Over Pirates in Extras

Simmons Braves Shortstop

Andrelton Simmons continues to amaze with his athleticism and fielding skills

A great game at the plate for Andrelton Simmons ended even better as his walk-off double in the bottom of the 10th scored Dan Uggla from 2nd base and gave the Braves a 5-4 victory over the Pirates on Tuesday night.

The Pirates jumped on the Braves early as Gabby Sanchez homered to center.  Andrew McCutchen added 2 more runs to the Pirates lead with a double down the left field line in the 3rd inning.

The Braves did get 2 of those runs back in the bottom of the third, when Freddie Freeman reached out for a ball and drove it past the 3rd baseman, Alvarez.

In the next half inning, Pedro Alvarez, hit a solo shot off of his former Vanderbilt teammate, Mike Minor, that padded the Pirates lead to 4-2.  Minor, as well as the Atlanta bullpen, shut down the Pirates the rest of the way.  At one point, the Atlanta staff had set down 12 straight, until McCutchen’s single in the top of the 9th.

After a 2 out single by Dan Uggla in the 6th, B.J. Upton continued his strong home stand with a 2-run blast that tied the game up at 4-4.

Kimbrel allowed 2 runners to reach in the 9th before shutting down the Pirates.

Dan Uggla started off the 10th with a walk. After a B.J. Upton fly out, Reed Johnson was hit with a pitch  by Pirates reliever M. Melancon.   Andrelton Simmons then doubled to right center to bring in Uggla for the Braves walk-off victory.   Simmons finished the game 3-5 at the plate.

Jason Heyward and Dan Uggla both continued their push to get out of slumps.   Uggla was 2-3 and scored twice.  His patience at the plate was a key to the Braves victory.   Heyward finished 2-4 with a double.

The Braves got the win, but left 11 runners on base during the game.  That is something they will have to improve on.

Mike Minor had another solid outing for the Braves.  He finished with 6IP, 5 K’s, and only 2 of the runs he gave up were earned.  Anthony Varvaro got the victory after pitching a scoreless 10th inning.

The Nationals had a come from behind victory against the Mets.  That keeps the Braves lead in the NL East at 7 games.