Heyward saves Braves win with diving catch in bottom of ninth
Credit Jason Heyward with a save. His teammates sure are.
The 6-foot-5 outfielder made a diving, game-ending catch with runners on first and second after pinch-hitter Reed Johnson hit a go-ahead single with two outs in a two-run top half, leading the Atlanta Braves to a 2-1 victory against the New York Mets on Monday night.
“That was unbelievable,” Johnson said.
Playing for the first time after missing six games with a strained right hamstring, Heyward was positioned toward right-center field when pinch-hitter Justin Turner sent Craig Kimbrel’s pitch to the opposite gap. Heyward raced across Citi Field’s spacious outfield and made a flat out dive for the drive in the rain. He held up his glove to show he had the ball as he slid across the turf on his belly for the final out.
“I want to make every play I can,” the Gold Glove outfielder said. “If I try to play it on the hop it probably gets by me. The safe way there was probably not the best.”
Bobby Parnell blows save as Mets fall to Braves, 2-1
Fans imagining a miracle run could point at the Mets’ sustained run of solid play. They could look to general manager Sandy Alderson, who insists that trade talks have been quiet, even with the July 31 deadline on the horizon. They could follow the lead of Josh Satin, the first baseman who on social media hinted at the prospect of a playoff push.
It became easier to think that Mets might benefit from keeping resurgent cleanup man Marlon Byrd instead of trading him.
But reality delivered a swift blow last night, when the Mets absorbed an excruciating 2-1 defeat to the Braves.
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Braves place Maholm on DL
The Atlanta Braves placed pitcher Paul Maholm on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a left wrist contusion.
Maholm left in the fourth inning on Saturday against the White Sox. He allowed two straight hits to start the inning before leaving. He first aggravated the wrist hitting against the Marlins on July 10.
The 31-year-old lefty is 9-9 with a 4.41 ERA in 20 starts this season.
Maholm was scheduled to pitch Thursday’s series finale against the Mets. However, lefty Alex Wood will be recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to make his second career start.