Just when the Braves thought they had orchestrated a fairly textbook come-from-behind victory on the Marlins Monday night, shaky defense and some bullpen questions made it anything but. Homers continue to cure the Braves ills, though, and they got what they were after. Evan Gattis launched a two-run shot to lift the Braves to a 4-2 10-inning win with his first ever walk-off home run. The Braves had survived errors in the eighth and ninth innings – the first on an overturned replay call - and Craig Kimbrel’s first blown save of the year. The Braves moved to 12-1 this season when they homer in a game. For Gattis, the two-run shot cured the ills he felt after his catcher’s inference call contributed to a wild ninth inning. “Yeah I was mad because I just don’t like the rule,” Gattis said of nicking Adeiny Hechavarria’s bat as he swung and missed. “Do you really think if somebody’s that late, they’re going to put it in play? It should be a foul tip, but whatever. I made an adjustment, scooted back. I think it happened again (actually).” Homeplate umpire Jim Joyce didn’t notice and Gattis was soon-to-be drawing more attention with his bat anyway. He punished a 1-0 fastball from Arquimedes Caminero after Dan Uggla led off the 10th with a single. For all his heroics as a rookie, Gattis had never hit a walkoff homer. He tied a game last May with a home run in the bottom of the ninth off the Twins Glen Perkins, but Freddie Freeman got the walkoff hit that day an inning later. “When I was in the minor leagues I imagined myself jogging around the bases,” Gattis said. “Same big dumb animal, just running around the bases in the big leagues instead of the minors.” The Braves left the bases loaded in both the seventh and ninth innings, the latter after the speedy Jordan Schafer had led off with a double. Jason Heyward, who had given the Braves a 2-1 lead with a broken bat single in the seventh, failed to get a bunt down, popping out to the pitcher. Some wondered why a hitter with his capability was dropping a bunt down in the first place.
Gattis walkoff homer wins wild one
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Apr 22