Jason Heyward Carries Braves to Extra-Inning Win Over Reds

In a crazy 10 inning game, Jason Heyward was the hero and drove in two runs on an RBI single off of the overworked Francisco Cordero. Melky Cabrera and Martin Prado walked with two outs before Heyward worked a full count and delivered on a line drive to left field. Jonny Gomes made a diving attempt to end the inning and the threat, but came up short. Martin Prado was able to come all the way around to score but hurt his hand in the process. The hit put the Braves up 6-4, which ended up as the final score.

Neither Kris Medlen nor Johnny Cueto lasted six innings and both were getting hit rather hard, with Medlen giving up six hits and Cueto giving up 10. The Braves had it set up with Jonny Venters entering in the eighth but he promptly allowed a game-tying home run to MVP candidate Joey Votto. With the game heading to extras, the Braves went to Jesse Chavez in a questionable and scary decision. Chavez managed to get out of the inning, allowing just one hit and striking out Orlando Cabrera with a runner on second. Billy Wagner allowed two runners in the bottom of the 10th but Miguel Cairo flied out to deep center and Wagner managed to strike out Drew Stubbs with a full count to end the game, earning his 24th save.

The Braves offense was stranding a bunch of runners all night, but Brian McCann hit a game-tying home run in the top of the fifth and Martin Prado added a fielders choice RBI to give the Braves the lead in the top of the sixth. Chipper Jones had an RBI single in the top of the third and singled before McCann's home run. Heyward ended up with three hits, Infante ended up with two singles and a walk, and Melky Cabrera had a single and two walks. Brooks Conrad pinch hit in the top of the ninth with two outs and hit a bomb to deep right field, but Chris Heisey robbed him of the go-ahead home run on a magnificent play. The "Raw Dog" came through again, but Heisey made a memorable play to send it to the bottom of the ninth tied.

Prado's injury looked pretty bad, forcing the sick Alex Gonzalez to enter the game. Prado headed back to the clubhouse and if I had to guess, he will likely be put on the disabled list. With the trade deadline approaching, Prado's injury may alter the Braves game plan. 

This was one of the wilder games of the year (I feel like I say that once in every series), and it was a great win to get as both the Phillies and Mets lost earlier in the night. The Reds are a tough opponent, but the Braves have Jair Jurrjens and Tommy Hanson on the hill the next two days. With those two on the mound, the Braves have a great chance to end this road trip on a positive note and head back to Turner Field.

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