The 2013 Braves season ended like none of us wanted – a loss in the NLDS to the Los Angeles Dodgers. But the season wasn’t a loss, the Braves gave us many memorable moments that carried all of us through the summer months. These moments included 24 game winning hits in their final at-bat.
Today we will take a look at our Top 10 Atlanta walk offs in 2013, lets relive some of these great moments….
10. 9/24/13 Andrelton Simmons‘ single to the gap in right-center drove in Justin Upton with two outs in the ninth inning to give Atlanta a 3-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night. It was extra sweet hitting it past Carlos Gomez in the outfield.
“It’s always good to have those close games and come out victorious and create that winning habit that we’ve had throughout the year,” Simmons said.
9. 8/16/13 Justin Upton hit a home run with one out in the 10th inning to power Atlanta to a 3-2 win over Washington on Friday night as the Braves continued their domination of the season series. The Braves, who swept a three-game series at Washington on Aug. 5-7, lead the season series 11-3, including six straight wins.
Upton’s 23rd homer to left-center came on a 2-2 pitch from Ian Krol (1-1). It was his third career game-winning homer and second of the season.
“It’s a great feeling when you can go out and win the ballgame for your team,” Upton said. “There’s nothing like that.”
Scott Downs (2-0) pitched a scoreless 10th for Atlanta.
8. 5/21/13 Evan Gattis hit a two-out, pinch-hit homer in the ninth to send the game to extra innings and Freddie Freeman won it in the 10th, sending the Braves to their fifth straight win, 5-4 over the slumping Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. Freeman blooped a two-out single off Brian Duensing to bring home Jason Heyward.
“It wasn’t the prettiest swing,” Freeman said, “but it got the job done.”
Upton, who entered the game hitting only .186, had a two-run homer and three singles after striking out in his first two at-bats. The single in the 11th off Ryan Webb drove in pinch-runner Paul Janish from second base.
6. 6/4/13 Andrelton Simmons hit a game-ending double off Mark Melancon in the 10th inning, lifting the Atlanta Braves to a 5-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.
Simmons said he was trying too hard when he left the bases loaded with a groundout to end the eighth, and he adjusted in the 10th inning.
“I was trying too hard to end it the first time I had a chance,” Simmons said. “The last at-bat I was just trying to make sure I made good contact. I made the adjustment to go the other way and fortunately I did it.”
5. 6/1/13 B.J. Upton comes through with a walk-off RBI single in the 10th to lead the Braves over the Nationals, 2-1. This is high on my list because at the time, it was B.J. biggest hit of the year and I thought he could turn around his season. It isn’t higher because well B.J. didn’t…plus you gotta love the Jordan Schafer slide
4. 8/28/13 Chris Johnson knew Indians manager Terry Francona‘s best move was to intentionally walk Freddie Freeman. But instead of making a logical evaluation, Johnson headed to the plate with a chip on his shoulder. With Jordan Schafer on second base and two outs in the ninth inning, the logical choice was to go with the righty-righty matchup against Johnson.
But this proved to be one of those pick your poison decisions when Johnson laced a sharp single to left field that allowed the speedy Schafer to score from second base and provide the Braves a chance to celebrate with a 3-2 walk-off victory.
“I don’t know how many guys other than [Schafer] that we have on our club that can score there,” said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez
3. 7/29/13 Andrelton Simmons comes through with a walk-off triple in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Braves beat the Rockies, 9-8. This game was one of the most exciting of the season as both teams brought their offense. In the end though, our young shortstop came up huge. Scott Downs comes in with bases loaded and one out to get out of the jam.
2. 6/17/13 Dillon Gee, who was bidding for his first career shutout before Freddie Freeman drilled a two-run ninth-inning home run that gave the Braves a 2-1 walk-off win over the Mets.
“I knew I hit it good enough,” Freeman said. “I didn’t know if it was going to stay fair because it was an inside pitch, and I didn’t know if I would be able to get my hands inside. But once I saw it get up to its highest peak, I knew it was gone.”
1. 4/7/13 B.J. Upton opened the bottom of the ninth inning with a solo shot that tied the game and gave him his first home run as a Brave. Two batters later, Justin added to the greatness of his first week in Atlanta with a walk-off shot that soared over the center field wall and gave the Cubs even more reason to consider removing Carlos Marmol from their closer’s role.
“I think right now, in my mind, it’s No. 1,” Justin said when asked where this ranked among his greatest memories. “It was exhilarating out there.”
If Justin thinks it was his favorite memory, how can we argue with that? It happened early in the year but man it was great.
Lets hope 2014 has as many memories!