Freeman Singles In Winning Run In Braves 5-4 Victory Over Twins

Evan Gattis Pinch-Hit Home Run Ties Game in Ninth

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Freddie Freeman
Freddie Freeman
- photo by Tim Evearitt

ATLANTA -- Evan Gattis added to the wonder of his rookie season with a two-out, ninth-inning home run that gave the Braves life and the opportunity to claim a spirited 5-4, 10-inning win over the Twins on Tuesday night at Turner Field.

Jason Heyward sparked the two-out, 10th-inning rally with a double off Brian Duensing, who then intentionally walked Justin Upton.

This set the stage for Freddie Freeman to deliver his game-winning single to right field and then take part in a walk-off celebration.

After the Twins took a 4-3 lead with a two-run eighth against Luis Avilan and Cory Gearrin, Gattis once again delivered in the clutch by coming off the bench to drill Glen Perkins' 0-1 slider over the left-field wall. The home run came just three days after the rookie catcher hit a decisive two-run, eighth-inning home run in Saturday's win over the Dodgers.

Three of Gattis' nine home runs in the first 118 at-bats of his career have come in pinch-hit at-bats. Two of them have been game-winners, and this latest one was a game-saver for the Braves, who have started this six-game homestand with five consecutive victories.

The late-inning magic produced by the Braves at least preserved the unselfish dedication Tim Hudson showed when he was willing to continue pitching after rain, and a problem with the stadium's lights, delayed play for 76 minutes in the third inning.

Hudson threw on the field twice during the lengthy delay and appeared determined to continue pitching when play resumed with Joe Mauer on first base and one out in the third. The Twins tied the game at 2 when Josh Willingham and Justin Morneau recorded consecutive singles immediately after the delay.

But Hudson proceeded to retire the final eight batters he faced. His ability to go five innings gave the Braves a chance to get through the rest of the game without digging into their injury-depleted bullpen in the early innings.

While Hudson returned after the delay, the Twins opted not to allow their starting pitcher, Mike Pelfrey, to keep going.

Brian McCann's second three-hit performance since returning from offseason shoulder surgery on May 6 helped the Braves hold a lead most of the night. McCann drove in a run with a single in the two-run first against Pelfrey and then highlighted his night with a go-ahead home run off Anthony Swarzak in the fourth.

Anthony Varvaro preserved Atlanta's one-run advantage with two scoreless innings. But the Twins broke through with two runs in the eighth against Avilan and Gearrin, who are serving as the Braves' top setup men in the absence of Eric O'Flaherty, who was scheduled to undergo Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery on Tuesday afternoon.

------ Source: MLB.com


PHOTOS: Mercer Near Perfect As CCS Shuts Out Notre Dame, 1-0

UTC's Eslinger Signs Two Wrestling Champions

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling coach Heath Eslinger added two signees to the Mocs recruiting class this week.  Illinois state champion Cody Minnick and junior college national champion Bryce Carr both inked National Letters of Intent to joins the Mocs in the fall. Carr is a native of Dublin, Ga., and was a 2013 Georgia state champion at West Laurens High ... (click for more)

Erlanger's Good Financial News Continues With $11.4 Million Profit For Past 3 Months; Profit At $25.3 Million After 9 Months

Erlanger Health System's good financial news keeps coming - with the announcement on Monday of a profit of $11.4 million for the past three months. Brit Tabor said the hospital has a profit of $25.3 million for the first nine months of the fiscal year. Kevin Spiegel, hospital president, said more good news is projected for the fourth quarter. Mr. Tabor said, "Our market ... (click for more)

Erlanger To Get $100 Million New Electronic Medical Records System

Erlanger Health System will be getting a new electronic medical records system costing just short of $100 million, Erlanger CEO and President Kevin Spiegel said Monday. He said the old Legacy IT system was the hospital's #1 dissatisfaction source. The hospital board is to be asked to approve the system, which will be paid for over several years, at the May board meeting. ... (click for more)

Time-Out On Housing PILOTs

Kudos to the? ?City Council? ?and County Commission for? ?beginning thoughtful discussions about housing PILOTs. A growing number of? ?citizens from across the political spectrum hope you? ?continue your ?good work by calling a time-out on? ?housing PILOTs until you? ?adopt policies and procedures about how these tax breaks are evaluated, monitored and enforced.  I suggest ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Why The British Attacked

This was a pretty big week exactly 240 years ago and what happened then is really important now. The British Army, after arriving in increasing numbers seven years before, decided to launch a sneak attack on Concord, Mass., and several other towns in mid-April of 1775. Their purpose was simple: take away every gun you can find. Confiscate every weapon of any kind. It was believed ... (click for more)