Posted: 11:44 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Leading 4-3 in the ninth inning with Craig Kimbrel heading to the mound usually results in a win for the Braves and a save for Kimbrel, but neither of those things occurred tonight as Devin Mesoraco and Shin-Soo Choo launched back-to-back homers to walk-off with a 5-4 victory over Atlanta.
Tonight was Kimbrel's third blown save of the season, matching his total for all of last season. Also, he's now allowed three home runs in 2013, after allowing just three in each 2011 and 2012. That's not to say that Kimbrel is broken or anything, because he's not. Fellow writer Dan Simpson has been tweeting out some good stuff on Kimbrel tonight that is worth reading.
The blown save wastes what was a really impressive outing by Braves starter Kris Medlen tonight. He allowed just two runs, a third inning homer to Choo and a rbi single from Daniel Lutz in the fifth that brought in Jack Hannahan. Medlen scattered four hits, walked two, and struck out six in seven good innings of work.
Atlanta was in the positon to win thanks to a big first inning against Reds starter Homer Bailey. Andrelton Simmons led off with a double, and after a B.J. Upton strikeout, back-to-back walks to Justin Upton and Freddie Freeman loaded the bases with one out. Evan Gattis struck out to bring up Brian McCann, who lined a Bailey fastball into center that scored Simmons and Upton while moving Freeman to third.
Dan Uggla followed with a line drive of his own to left field that scored Freeman and made it a 3-0 game early.
The Braves added one more run off Bailey, this time in the fifth inning. B.J. Upton singled to lead off, and moved up to second on a groundout by his younger brother. Freeman brought him home with a single down the third baseline to make it 4-1 at the time.
Cincinnati, down 4-2, was able to plate one run off Eric O'Flaherty in the eighth inning. With one out, the Reds got two soft singles from Zack Cozart and Joey Votto along with a sacrifice fly from Brandon Phillips to score Cozart and make it 4-3. After another single, EOF struck out Todd Frazier to escape the first and third jam.
Jonathan Broxton picked up the win, his first of the season.