Series Recap: Reds at Braves... It's all about the Comebacks

ATLANTA - MAY 20: Pinch hitter Brooks Conrad #26 of the Atlanta Braves celebrates with Kris Medlen #54 and Chipper Jones #10 after hitting a walk-off grand slam to give the Braves a 10-9 win over over the Cincinnati Reds at Turner Field on May 20, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

There really isn't much use for a recap in a three-game series. So instead of re-re-hashing the last two game in detail, I'll focus on the ninth innings, because that's where all the action was. Here are some of the highlights from the Braves' game notes:

  • The Braves entered the ninth inning of yesterday's contest trailing by six runs, 9-3, to the Cincinnati Reds.
  • Atlanta's first six batters reached base safely via four consecutive hits, a walk and fielding error, and the eighth batter of the inning, rookie INF Brooks Conrad, hit a dramatic pinch-hit, walk-off grand slam giving the Braves a 10-9 come-from-behind victory.
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it marked the first time in the Braves' 135-season history that they have overcome a six run deficit in the ninth inning and won the game in regulation.
  • It was only the second time in the Braves' 135-season history that they won a game which they trailed by six runs or more in the ninth inning or later.
  • Their other win that fits that description was against the Phillies in Atlanta on May 10, 1994 when the Braves scored seven runs in the ninth inning, tying the score at 8-8, but it took them six more innings to pull out a 9-8 victory.
  • Brooks Conrad's pinch-hit grand slam yesterday was the first of his career and the second this season for the Braves.
  • It was the Braves 139th grand slam since moving to Atlanta in 1966.
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Conrad became the first major leaguer to belt a pinch-hit walk-off grand slam since Gregg Zaun hit one for the Houston Astros on June 27, 2002 against Arizona, and he was also the first rookie to do it since Cleveland's Ron Lolich on April 22, 1973 vs. the Boston Red Sox.
  • Yesterday's final at-bat victory gave Atlanta their sixth walk-off victory this season, two more than any other major league club.
  • The seven runs they scored in the ninth inning last night were the most they've scored in any inning this year.
  • The walk-off win was also the Braves third consecutive final at-bat victory. On Tuesday vs. NYM, Melky Cabrera's infi eld single to third base led to a David Wright throwing error, allowing pinch runner Brent Clevlen to score from second and on Wednesday OF Jason Heyward drove in the winning run in the ninth with a two-out RBI double.
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Braves recorded three walk-off victories in a row was September 15-17, 1993. On September 15 Ron Gant hit a three-run home run off Rob Dibble (CIN) in the ninth inning; On September 16 Jeff Blauser hit an RBI-single vs. CIN in the 12th inning and on September 17 Ron Gant hit and RBI-double off Mike Maddux (NMY) in the 10th inning.
  • Since they snapped their season-high nine-game losing streak on April 30, the Braves have gone 13-6, including going 8-2 in their last 10 games (tied for the second-best record in the majors in that span) and have improved their record to 21-20. Atlanta is one game over .500 for the first time since April 22 (8-7), which is also the last time the Braves were in third place in the NL East.

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