Originally written June 29, 2013 on Atlanta Bullpen:
The Braves finished the first half of the season with a 6.5 game lead Another late inning comeback lifts the Atlanta Braves over the Arizona Diamondbacks.  It was a big 8th inning that sent the Braves to an 11-5 victory on Saturday afternoon. Game 2 of this 3 game series was nothing more than a back and forth affair.  The Braves would take the lead; the D-Backs would answer.  That same pattern repeated itself until the Braves would put together a great 8th inning. In the 3rd inning, Justin Upton singled in front of Braves 1st baseman, Freddie Freeman.  Freeman sent a ball to dead center field, that cleared the wall for his 8th home run of the season.  Freeman’s 2 run homer put the Braves up 2-0. This would be the 1st time the D-backs would answer the Braves scoring.  It was just the next half inning when Arizona would answer with 2 runs of their own.  Miguel Montero doubled to deep left field that scored Paul Goldschmidt, the Diamondbacks 1st baseman. The Diamondbacks left fielder, Jason Kubel, then singled in Montero, to tie the game at 2. The Braves would claim the lead back in the 6th inning.  Dan Uggla drew a bases loaded walk that brought Jason Heyward in from 3rd.  A few batters later, B.J. Upton hit a sacrifice fly to center, to score Freddie Freeman.  The Braves 2 run 5th gave them a 4-2 lead. Once again, the Diamondbacks would answer in the next half inning.  With Kubel on 1st, A.J. Pollock homered to center, to tie the game up at 4-4. It was the D-Backs turn to grab a lead in the 8th.  Miguel Montero homered to right to give the D-backs a 5-4 lead in the late innings. This time, it was Braves that would answer, and they answered in a huge way. With Andrelton Simmons and Reed Johnson on the bases after being hit by pitches, Jason Heyward doubled to left.  Reed Johnson scored, and Simmons was able to score on a throwing error by Jason Kubel.  The Braves then led the Diamondbacks, 6-5. A few batters later, Brian McCann singled past the shift to score both Justin Upton and Heyward.  It was then a Dan Uggla double that brought home Freddie Freeman.  The Braves padded their lead to 9-5.  However, the Braves were not done adding runs in the inning. A B.J Upton sacrifice fly, and Chris Johnson single both added 1 run a piece to the Atlanta total.  The 7 run 8th inning for the Braves gave them an 11-5 victory. Jason Heyward continued his great month of June.  His 2-4 day saw his June batting average improve to .308.  Justin Upton had a good day at the plate as well as he finished 3-4. Every one of the Braves hitters showed really good patience at the plate.  They also excelled in doing the little things right during Saturday’s game. The Braves go for a series sweep tomorrow afternoon as they send Paul Maholm to the mound. The post Braves Eighth Inning Explosion Buries Diamondbacks appeared first on Atlanta Bullpen.

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