Dive-off win: Jason Heyward made Reed Johnson the happiest little baseball player on Earth Monday night when J-Hey made what has to be the defensive play of the year to rob the Mets of the game-tying hit. J-Hey made all of Braves country giddy with that catch, which capped a remarkable comeback — from being no-hit through six innings to getting two runs off the Mets closer. It was a game that the Braves should NOT have won, but they had all the breaks and bloops go their way in that final inning, despite the closers for both teams struggling through unpitchable rainy conditions.
Pinch me: Reed Johnson’s game-winning pinch hit in the ninth inning last night was his 11th pinch hit this season — which ranks second in the league. His 5 pinch hit RBI this year rank third (Gattis is second with 6). Reed’s hitting .379/.471/.517 as a pinch hitter this season. Some people on Twitter have wondered where Johnson’s value is to this team — pinch hitting is not an easy thing to do, and Reed does it pretty well. He’s also teaching guys like Jordan Schafer and Tyler Pastornicky how to be good off the bench late in the game.
Get your Wood jokes ready: Alex Wood will take Paul Maholm’s rotation spot this Thursday, as Maholm will be placed on the disabled list in order to rest his sore left wrist. I’ve got wood just thinking about it. #WoodJokes
Bad Lamm: Gwinnett lost. Reliever Mark Lamm had the worst outing of his season last night: 0.2IP, 4H, 4R, 1BB, 1IBB, 1SO. It wasn’t a difference-maker in the game though, as Gwinnett didn’t score, and managed only 4 hits. Tonight is Todd Cunningham poster night at Coolray Field. The first 500 fans receive a poster, and Cunningham will be autographing them between 5:05pm and 5:20pm.
Good Hinson: Lynchburg won. Starter Ryan Hinson had another good start, though he once again allowed a lot of baserunners: 7IP, 4H, 1R, 4BB, 4SO, 1HBP. The Hillcats offense was equally stymied throughout the game, but won on a walk-off wild pitch with two outs in the ninth inning. They also found a crazy way to tie the game in the eighth inning; Elmer Reyes hit a triple, and when the relay throw went into the stands, Reyes was awarded home.
Better Hursh: Rome won. 2013 first-round pick Jason Hursh, was unhittable in his fourth professional start: 3IP, 0H, 0R, 1BB, 1SO. Pretty darn good! Hursh has still not allowed a run since being drafted. The Rome offense scored 10 runs as they kept the line moving. Kyle Wren was 3-for-5 with 2RBI and a triple. Of the 20 games Wren has played in a Braves uni since being drafted, he’s had multiple hits in 10 of those games, and has only gone hitless in 2 of them. Eric Pfisterer threw a scoreless inning, allowing 1 hit and striking out 1.