It took the Braves just one batter Sunday to do what they couldn’t do all Saturday.
Get a hit.
One day after being no-hit by the Rockies, Matt Diaz led off Sunday’s game with a triple to right center field.
It took the Braves just one more batter to bring Diaz home. Martin Prado followed with a sacrifice fly to score Diaz, a day after being shut out.
“Chipper [Jones] was making fun of me this morning before BP,” Diaz said. “He said ‘We are only as good as our leadoff hitter. You go, we go. Last night didn’t work out. Don’t do that to us again.’ So just to get a hit was nice.”
In his first three at-bats, Diaz had a triple, single and double in the dramatic 4-3 win. He could not manage hitting for the cycle as he struck out and flied out to center in his final two at-bats. Then again, he was unaware he had a chance at the rare baseball feat.
“I really didn’t think about the cycle because I didn’t know if they ruled that first one a triple or a double,” Diaz said. “I really never thought too much about it. Every time I came up it was a big situation so there really wasn’t a chance just to go for it.”
In getting three hits, Diaz matched the production of the Braves’ leadoff position all season. The Braves were 3-for-46 from the No. 1 hitter with one RBI and five runs scored. Diaz was 0-for-9, Nate McLouth was 1-for-11 and Melky Cabrera was 2-for-26.
Diaz was unaware of that statistic. He was aware that his three hits also matched his production all season. Entering the game he was batting .136 (3-for-22).
“I was aware that’s how many I had all year, myself,” Diaz said of his hit total.