Originally written August 16, 2013 on Atlanta Bullpen:
Braves Win! A ball off the bat of Justin Upton barely cleared the fence and sent the Atlanta Braves to yet another walk off win.  Upton’s homer gave the Braves a 3-2 win in the 1st of 3 games against the Washington Nationals. Freddie Freeman was frustrated, but got the scoring started in the 1st inning.  His double play ball scored Jason Heyward for the 1st Braves run.  Freeman was not awarded an RBI, since it was a double play that scored Heyward. Justin Upton then did the same thing in the 3rd inning.  However, on Upton’s ball, Anthony Rendon made a bad throw to 1st, that allowed Paul Janish to score.  It was a great slide by Heyward at 2nd, that seemed to cause the bad throw from Rendon.  The Braves led 2-0 after the 3rd. The trend continued on the Nationals side of things in the 4th inning.  Ian Desmond grounded into a double play and Bryce Harper was able to score and cut the Braves lead in half. Alex Wood was great for the Braves.  He left the game in the 7th with a 1 run lead.  The Braves were not able to hold the lead, but it was a great job by Wood on Friday.  In my opinion, this was the best start I’ve seen Wood have.  He looked great and had no problem throwing strikes.  Only thing that could have made it better, would be if Wood had gotten the win on Friday. Luis Avilan gave up the Nationals 1st run against the Braves bullpen this season.  Jayson Werth singled to right field in the 8th and Ryan Zimmerman came around to score.  The game was tied at 2-2. Thankfully, the game did not last too much longer, as the Braves were running low on position players.  It was the 10th inning when Justin Upton hit his home run to left center field.  Turner Field was sent into a frenzy when Upton’s homer lifted the Braves over the Nationals. Game MVP: Justin Upton: 2-4, HR, and RBI Justin Upton came up big in the last at bat for the Braves.  He has also been coming out of his slump as of late.  He keeps hitting the ball well from the 2 spot.  His 10th inning homer gives him the MVP for Friday’s game. Once again, things got a little intense between these teams.  It was Bryce Harper who was hit once again by a Braves pitcher.  After being hit in the back of the arm, the entire Nationals bench got on the top step of the dugout.  I believe this is something that will not just go away.  It’s definitely something to keep an eye on the rest of the weekend. The Braves win and a Nationals loss, takes 2 games off of the Braves magic number.  It is now 26 games. Saturday night should be a pitcher’s duel at Turner Field.  Mike Minor (12-5, 2.87) will be taking on Stephen Strasburg (6-9, 2.83).  Strasburg has pitched well recently, but has always struggled when pitching in Atlanta.  First pitch is 7:10pm Saturday night. The post Justin Upton’s Homer Buries Nationals in 10th appeared first on Atlanta Bullpen.

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