June 10, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (22) watches a solo home run during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. The Padres won 7-6. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Braves Rally In 9th, Gattis Goes Yard

 

While listening to Mike & Mike In The Morning on ESPN yesterday they were talking about day light savings and how great of an idea it would be if all time zones are the same.  Mike Greenberg said that we are all apart of the United States and we should be united and under one zone.  After initially thinking that he was crazy, it stuck in my mind the rest of the day…and when the Braves and Padres finally got underway after 10pm ET last night, I was starting to agree with Mike!  These west coast games are tough to stay up for but ya gotta do what ya gotta do.  Extra coffee on these days….

June 10, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis (24) is congratulated by second baseman Dan Uggla (26) and third baseman Chris Johnson (23) after a three-run home run during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. The Padres won 7-6. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Julio Teheran started off the game struggling giving up a run in both the 1st and 2nd innings and then giving up three more in the 4th.  His problems began in the first when B.J. Upton wasn’t able to track down a long fly ball by Alexi Amarista and he got a triple out of it, then Chase Headley hit a RBI groundout.  In the 2nd inning, Lagan Forsy hit a solo home run.  As the game went on, Teheran seemed to not have his best stuff and in the 4th inning he gave up a three run home run to Will Venable.

Teheran said after the game  “I tried to throw for the back foot, I missed it and hung that slider.  I was trying to stay in the game to keep the team in the game.”

Coach Fredi Gonzalez talked about Teheran post game “I think our expectation of Teheran was for him to go out every time out and throw seven shutout innings and take a no-hitter into the eighth.  Sometimes he’s going to have four or five good ones and sometimes, he’s going to have one like this.”

Even down 7-1 heading into the 8th inning, the Braves rallied…Jason Heyward continued his recent hot streak by hitting two solo home runs (one in the 8th inning and again in the 9th).  Heyward talked to media after his game “I’m glad to contribute and take some weight off other guys and produce in this lineup.  I feel like we’re a young team and we’ve all got some growing up to do.”

On Heyward’s recent success he has 14 hits in 34 at bats, hitting .412.  He has raised his batting average for the year from .142 to .207 in his past eight game hit streak.

Evan Gattis was again a factor in the game as he hits another pinch-hit home run to left field in the 9th inning.  Gattis’ now has six hits in eight at bats as a pitch hitter with four home runs and 11 RBI’s.

With scoring five runs in the last two innings, the Braves still fall short in the first game of the San Diego series.  We will look to bounce back on Tuesday as Tim Hudson gets the ball.

 

 

 

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