Braves come back in ninth, beat Cardinals 6-5

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In a late rally, the Braves scored two in the ninth to beat the Cardinals

Well that is one way to avoid a sweep. It looked all afternoon like the Braves were going to get swept by the Cardinals but thanks to a late game rally they avoided the series sweep and won 6-5.

Gavin Floyd pitched well today, much better than the four runs allowed would have you believe. Only one of the runs was earned, and even that was due to poor defense. Freddie Freeman got the ball rolling offensively with a first inning home run, but in the second inning the Cardinals scored three runs after they stared a rally due to a passed ball on a strikeout to Peter Bourjos. Jaime Garcia singled, Matt Carpenter got on base, and Kolten Wong hit a three run double to put the Cardinals up 3-1.

Justin Upton hit one of his majestic home runs to make it 3-2 before the Cardinals scored one in the fifth after Dan Uggla botched a double play. The final Cardinal run came after Jordan Schafer lost a ball in the sun. They had a shot to get Yadier Molina, who started the play at first base, at home but Uggla was lackadaisical with the ball and got it to Laird late.

It was nice to be given a chance to kind of redeem myself a little bit. I was trying to go up there and compete. - Jordan Schafer

The top of the ninth was where the game was made. Freeman led off with a single but Chris Johnson and Andrelton Simmons both recorded outs. Rather than bringing Evan Gattis up to the plate, Fredi Gonzalez opted to go with Ryan Doumit. Doumit roped a double that I was thinking would score Freeman, but his lack of speed kept him at third base as they opted not to test the arms of Allen Craig and Mark Ellis. The ball got away from Ellis so there was a chance he would have scored had he run.

Mike Matheny rightfully decided to intentionally walk Gattis, who was pinch hitting, in favor of facing Jordan Schafer with two outs and the bases loaded. Schafer had one of the best plate appearances I can remember him having as he was able to coax a walk and tie the game up. The next batter up, Ramiro Pena, also walked but not before Carlos Martinez threw a wild pitch that put the Braves on top. Craig Kimbrel allowed a base runner and issued a wild pitch but was able to close out the game to avoid the sweep.

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Source: FanGraphs
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