The first walkoff homer of Nate McLouth’s career.
Home runs by three of the Braves’ last four batters — Troy Glaus, Jason Heyward, Nate McLouth — after the entire team had mustered just four hits (three singles) through 8-2/3 scoreless innings.
Homers by Glaus and McLouth, who between them were 12-for-73 (.164) with one extra-base hit before each of them hit a dramatic homer Tuesday.
Eight scoreless Braves innings came against a pitcher, Kyle Kendrick, who entered with a 17.47 ERA in two starts, both against the Nationals.
To say this 4-3 win by the Braves was unusual and the comeback improbable would be a huge understatement.
Here’s what some Braves said about it:
Troy Glaus: “Without question the team has a lot of heart. Obviously you can’t count on three home runs in the ninth and the 10th inning to win every game, but we will take it certainly. But hopefully we come out tomorrow and take advantage of some opportunities early.”
On being booed: “All I can do is do my job. Come in early, work on it, try to find something to get it right. It’s not always going to show up in one day but the at-bat in the ninth obviously went well. I’ll be back in here tomorrow working again.”
Tommy Hanson: “I really don’t feel like they went out and hit me hard, or hit me around the ballpark. I just feel like they fouled a lot of pitches off. I felt really good and felt like I was hitting my spots and throwing strikes but I threw a lot of pitches.
“I think they just had a pretty good idea of what was coming. It felt like a lot of times where I feel like I’m going to throw a pitch and freeze them or get them looking, they fought it off. First time facing them this year, I feel like I have a better idea of what to do next time. It was one of those days — learn from it, get back after it.”
On possibility he was tipping pitches: “No, I think I do a pretty good job of that looking in the mirror. I don’t think that was the case. I think maybe I was just being a little bit too predictable.”
On watching the final innings while getting iced in the clubhouse: “It was probably one of the most exciting, if not the most exciting game I’ve ever been a part of. Just sitting in here watching, we were jumping up and down and ran down the tunnel at the end of the game. It was unbelievable.”
Bobby Cox: “These are the best kind of wins, no question about tha. And they’re the roughest to lose….
“That was kind of like Sunday’s game with the way it ended with Heyward getting the huge hit there in the end of the inning, same thing tonight. Who would you ever expect to get three homers in two innings like that, against their best? Terry [Pendleton, hitting coach] woke them up I guess.”
Jason Heyward: “We hung in there like we’ve done all season, nothing but a team effort. [Glaus' homer] sent a big charge through the whole team, gave us even more motivation… Actions speak louder than words, and we did it. We hung in there.”
Nate McLouth: “It was fun. Those are two exciting come-from-behind wins in a row. You can kind of build from that…. When something like that [Tuesday's late drama] happens, both on a personal and team level, it builds confidence and you hope you can carry it over.”