So look what happens when the Braves get aggressive:
Nate McLouth swings on the first pitch of the game Friday night – home run.
Jason Heyward swings on the first pitch he sees in the third inning – two-run home run.
Tommy Hanson pounds the strike zone with 72 of his 99 pitches for strikes.
With that, and a Billy Wagner save, the Braves snapped their nine-game losing streak by going on the offensive Friday night, and it worked out perfectly.
It was a beautiful thing to manager Bobby Cox, who’s been wanting Braves like Heyward and McLouth to swing at hittable strikes.
“You can’t feel for the ball all the time,” Cox said. “You’ve got to let it go once in a while. Hopefully (McLouth) will continue to be more aggressive.”
Apparently Heyward doesn’t need to be told twice. The 20-year-old has shown the ability to make lightning-quick adjustments his first month in the big leagues.
On Wednesday, Cox sat him for the first time this season, after he struck out looking with the bases