The Braves’ offense erupted in a 12-5 victory on Sunday. 12 runs on 17 hits. Gattis hit his 21st HR. Since the Cubs lost to St. Louis, Atlanta is the No. 2 seed and will square off against the Dodgers. Should be a fun hard fought series.
Atlanta made a furious 9th inning rally that fell just short Saturday night. The big hit was J-up’s 3-run HR (27) to cut the deficit to one. After a Freeman single and Gattis walk, C. Johnson was out barely at first. The Braves need a win Sunday and a Cardinals loss to clinch homefield through the NLCS.
In an instant classic, Chris Johnson showed why he’s the Braves’ MVP. Down 0-2 in the 8th, he hit a game winner homer off Cliff Lee. (12). Kimbrel picked up save # 50. Lee was upset and kicked the water cooler in the dugout after Atlanta won. Classic.
Medlen was great again. He pitched 8 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 7 k’s. He finishes the regular season with 15 wins.
Atlanta scored all the runs they’d need in a 5- run 6 hit 1st. J Hey homered (14) on the 1st pitch. Elliot Johnson followed with a single and stolen base. Freeman and Gattis hit back- to- back doubles. After McCann struck out in his only at bat of the night, C. Johnson doubled and Schafer brought him in with a single. Gattis added a 2nd inning 2- run double.
David Hale picked up his first career win in his second start. The Braves are now tied with the Cards for homefield advantage. If the two teams are tied at the end of the season, Atlanta gets homefield because they won the season series.
The Atlanta offense managed only two hits. Freeman was ejected in the 1st following Carlos Gomez’s showboating after he hit a HR. He walked slowly around the bases. McCann met him even before he got to the plate. A brawl ensued as both benches emptied. Reed Johnson even got in a good punch on Gomez. This fracas was the highlight of the game as the Braves fell behind the Cardinals for best record and homefield advantage.
The Braves will try to right the ship tomorrow night as they square off against the Phillies in the final series of the regular season.
Simmons hit a game winning two out single to bring J- Up home. His hit was sandwiched between J-Up and Gattis singles, a Freeman flyout, and McCann popout. Freeman brought home the Braves’ second run in the 6th with an RBI single. Gattis got Atlanta on the board in the 4th. Freeman singled and he doubled,
Freddy Garcia pitched ok, given he didn’t have his best stuff. 6.2 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 BB, 7 k’s. Kimbrel pitched the 9th for the win. Atlanta goes for the series victory tonight.
The Atlanta offense was stifled Monday night, only registering three hits. Minor gave up two homers. That was about it.
Homers were the order of the day. Freeman hit a 2-run shot (23) in the 1st and Simmons (16, 17) a solo shot in the 4th and 2- run shot in the 8th. Theran pitched 6 strong innings for his 13th win. Kimbrel got his 49th save. Atlanta celebrated at Wrigley as they clinched their first division title since 2005. Now let’s go get the best record.
The Atlanta bullpen blew a late 1-0 lead. Medlen pitched great- 7.1 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 2 BB, 6 k’s, but took a no decision. Why Freddi G. chose to pitch Downs instead of Carpenter is beyond me. This loss is on Freddi. Atlanta only scored a run in the 4th on Nate Schierholtz’s error. Theran looks to get the Braves back on track tomorrow afternoon.
Atlanta got an early solo HR (11) from C. Johnson and a 3-run shot from Freeman (22) to build a 4-0 lead. The Cubs later tied it at 5. The Braves won it with a 4- run 9th. C. Johnson had an RBI double and McCann an RBI single. Medlen aims for the series win tomorrow afternoon.