Braves thrilled by improbable comeback

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.”

72 comments Add your comment

LongtimeBravesfan

April 20th, 2010
11:49 pm

WOW ! What a game !

bravo42

April 20th, 2010
11:50 pm

Reid Adair

April 20th, 2010
11:50 pm

What an exciting finish, especially with big hits from two guys (Troy Glaus and Nate McLouth) who have been, to say the least, struggling.

FEAR

April 20th, 2010
11:52 pm

heyward talks like he has been playing in the bigs for 8 years

Mixxo

April 20th, 2010
11:54 pm

Speechless!!

Monger

April 20th, 2010
11:56 pm

WOW!!! You said it Longtimebravesfan….this is not something that EVER happened last year, or the last few years for that matter. Now we’ve had back to back last inning, and last at-bat comebacks…this is starting to bring back memories of the 90’s…I LOVE IT!!! Lets keep it going though, we definately have the pitching…

BravesFanChris25

April 20th, 2010
11:57 pm

Exciting win for sure :)

Josh

April 21st, 2010
12:01 am

one of the best wins in a very long time!!!

Efuzz

April 21st, 2010
12:04 am

Tonight’s win felt a little like 1991. Maybe we can get Otis back to hit leadoff?

Peter Gammonst

April 21st, 2010
12:15 am

Great win but Glaus looks terrible at 1st base, hope he gets better

John Adcox

April 21st, 2010
12:17 am

You know, that is the kind of win that can define a whole season.

ippississiM

April 21st, 2010
12:19 am

I won’t be dozing off in the seventh next time, that’s for sure. I was sure i was figuring it was another shutout loss. Silly me.

steve h

April 21st, 2010
12:23 am

Our team of the 90’s is back! Great character win for the boys tonight!

See, McLouth doesn’t need to go down to Gwinnett — he just needs a ball middle-middle on the plate:)

If anyone is thinking of moving Heyward up in the lineup, I really don’t think BC needs to tinker with that. Jason is in the perfect place and in the last two games it’s worked out that he has a plate appearance in the bottom of the 9th.

BamaDude @ CowCollege AL

April 21st, 2010
12:25 am

I feel like I might have just awoke from a dream ….boy that was fun

Heyward Knockahoma

April 21st, 2010
12:27 am

Tough play at 1b for Glaus. He made up for it in the 9th.

First place!! Hopefully we can carry some confidence into tomorrow with Doc. Should be a GREAT game. I hope the Bravo’s can show Halliday that NL batters can hit the long ball too!

Look for Melky to get the start tomorrow in left. He’s faced Halliday a few times before. Keep Nate in there and let’s try to get his bat going again!

Awesome win!!

Kane337

April 21st, 2010
12:30 am

Glaus and McClouth. Way to come through tonight boys!
Heyward, I’m a loss for words. Wow!

Chip Shot

April 21st, 2010
12:38 am

Hey DOB, can I get a HEYWARD IS GOD outta you this late?

Greeno

April 21st, 2010
12:40 am

Wow. I don’t think my heart can stand many more of these! What a thrill! First the Hawks win again then the Bravos just POWER it back and take the game! Good times!

mit

April 21st, 2010
12:40 am

ENOUGH of the “J-Hey” thing already!!! He’s not 10yrs old….jeez!!! It doesn’t even sound good, so just GIVE IT UP ALREADY!!!

Chip Shot

April 21st, 2010
12:41 am

lets call him Alias.

K.Street

April 21st, 2010
12:41 am

WOW that was an amazing game. What a team effort that was. I have to say, I felt bad for Glaus getting booed early in the game but he really made up for it! Great game by the team and one that makes you really proud to be a die hard Braves fan! Keep it up guys

Chip Shot

April 21st, 2010
12:46 am

Now can we get some fans at the FREAKING GAME???????

Jesus Christ our attendance is worse than the Blue Jays.

RHR

April 21st, 2010
12:48 am

Dave your twitter link called ‘a child shall lead them’ which is an awesome segue, by the way, goes to some wordpress log in page, and not to this post or whichever one it was supposed to point to.

aswingruber

April 21st, 2010
12:49 am

What a strange new yet familiar feeling surrounding these Braves. What year is this?

aswingruber

April 21st, 2010
12:55 am

Hey mit.. FYI Heyward’s nickname “J Hey Kid” plays off the nickname of one of the greatest ballplayers of all time Willie Mays…. THE SAY HEY KID… Jesus, you’re like Smalls from the Sandlot not knowing who Babe Ruth is.

Gator907Nation

April 21st, 2010
1:00 am

WOW, WOW, WOOOOOOOOOW! J-Hey + 9th Inning = GooseBumps.

eric

April 21st, 2010
1:00 am

The Boo Birds in Atlanta need to head north (NY). Its only 2 weeks into the season. Relax and check stats around the majors…

1966 Falcons

April 21st, 2010
1:08 am

WOW, I surely wasn’t expecting that outcome! After Glaus’ rally killing double play with bases loaded earlier in the game (which I knew was gonna happen when he walked to the plate in that situation), I was expecting the same when he came up in the 9th. What a pleasant surprise to see him crush the ball! And then, more magic from Heyward, and that blast from McLouth….WOW!

Sure am glad to be reading these comments instead of the usual “bench Glaus and McLouth” rants. Hope this is the start of a big run from those guys!

DerekZ

April 21st, 2010
1:45 am

This win tonight was definitely DOUBLE PITS TO CHESTY!

Smiling Jack

April 21st, 2010
2:26 am

Bobby Cox and Jason Heyward’s Braves teammates will take care of nicknaming him……Willie Mays and Babe Ruth I know, but who the heck is Smalls in Sandlot? Give the stupidity a rest.

What a game! Baseball is a game that demands patience. The Braves are fortunate to have a patient manager. Go Braves!

Mike Johnston

April 21st, 2010
2:48 am

The baseball gods gave us a bit of payback from last year’s brutal loss when we should have swept these guys to start the season. That loss was tough to take as a fan, and this win was equally as enjoyable. GOOOO BRAVES!!

Armond Hill

April 21st, 2010
3:59 am

Smiling Jack:
I bet you throw like a girl.

Mutts

April 21st, 2010
4:01 am

Way to go Braves! One of our best wins in a long time.

HATinGA

April 21st, 2010
5:00 am

lets give glaus a break now he comes to atlanta and 2weeks into the season and hes gettin booed, our fans already have a rep for not showing up, the man had been out for over a year, he will be fine and will hit here just like he has at every place hes been, the game is all about confidence it dont help when your getting booed at home.

B Ladd Smith

April 21st, 2010
5:26 am

I’m with mit on the J-hey thing. Only a real dunce would miss the allusion to Willie Mays. This kid is an original and needs an original monicker, not a mass media/mass produced blah. Everybody put your brains in gear and let’s give him one worthy of his talent!

skram30082

April 21st, 2010
6:23 am

For the uninformed, The Sandlot is one of the greatest baseball/kid movies ever. My son (20) and daughter (24) can still quote lines from that movie.

#2 BAMA FAN

April 21st, 2010
6:29 am

Beating the phillies is just like beating the mets AWESOME!! RTR

hal

April 21st, 2010
7:10 am

yea get otis back so he can get suspended in sept when everyones counting on him typical of his type btw our last year leadoff hitter ended the game i guess u idiots dint notice that lil fact huh

NYBravesfan

April 21st, 2010
8:29 am

Good game played, Heyward seems pretty comfortable at the plate.. Lets leave him where he is now.. Glaus, I think you can come off the bench in tight situations, because you don’t hit so well early on in clutch situations

dpelfrey

April 21st, 2010
8:37 am

A few things…

1) If there was any doubt before the season started about how special Heyward is and will be, there’s no need to doubt anymore.

2) The Phillies were stealing signs. They had to know what pitches were coming to get wood on some of those pitches from Hanson.

3) Poor McLouth, never hit a walk-off homer in his life and he gets pranked with the silent treatment.

4) Glaus made up for the bases-loaded double play and overplaying his position on the Phils first run with the 2-run jack, but he’s starting to scare me with his overall play. We’ll see what he’s doing into May, but he sure looks like a dud so far. Is Julio Franco still in playing shape?

5) Bullpen Muy Bien!!!!

PJ

April 21st, 2010
8:52 am

On Glaus…even a blind squirrel finds an acorn every once in a while. Don’t get so excited yet.

Ghostrider

April 21st, 2010
9:03 am

Astounding, incredible, awesome and everything in between.

Mark Biles

April 21st, 2010
9:03 am

Wow what a game! I wish I could count the number of times I’ve watched the Braves tie up a game in the 9th in dramatic fashion only to blow it in extra innings making for an even greater let down to the team and the fans.

As others have stated, this team is DIFFERENT. I think this team can go a LONG way playing like this! Let’s enjoy the ride and put some distance between us and the Phillies and make THEM chase us for a change!

Chazs

April 21st, 2010
9:04 am

What gets overlooked is Tommy’s good pitching performace. One run on a fluke hit, and the puchout to end an inning at 96 mph! Not his best stuff, but he kept it close.

What I do question is bringing in O’Flaherrty. He was the last pitcher in Sunday’s game. Did Bobby think he needed more work? Yes I know he had a day off. Just seemed odd.

wes covington

April 21st, 2010
9:26 am

I was ready to give up on Troy Glaus, call up Freeman. But he’s earned another few days. Now if McLouth can start hitting and leadoff………….

Pierson Brave

April 21st, 2010
9:40 am

I would love to hear what some of you “J-Hey” ,the nick-name, haters would have said if you were around when the Say – Hey Kid was coming up. Get over it. If the team or Jason want to change or give Heyward a new nickname I am sure that they will consult you before they do.

larry

April 21st, 2010
9:40 am

Did anybody see how pissed Hinskie was in the dugout after he got out?? Showed to emotion when he got out.. I like that!! He needs to play more

larry

April 21st, 2010
9:41 am

“showed some”

dogsbrekky

April 21st, 2010
10:16 am

My ticker cannot handle the stress !!!

charles

April 21st, 2010
10:18 am

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charles

April 21st, 2010
10:19 am

What a Game!!!!!

Chip Shot

April 21st, 2010
10:22 am

they showed some Brass Balls this game

charles

April 21st, 2010
10:24 am

Hey pJ way to put a negative spin on positive situation!!!

John, Ducktown

April 21st, 2010
10:24 am

Maybe this is the type of game that turns the corner for the Braves, especially since it is against the Phillies. Seems like that last two years, early in the season, the Braves face the Phils and there is one game that seems to turn the Braves and Phils season in two directions. Recall the Kelly Johnson drop pop up in the 9th or extra innings (after a huge comeback by the Braves) that gave the Phils life and they won the game. Braves hit rock bottom after that. I think they won a game similar to this with Victorino HR’s, triples etc last year. Maybe this reverses the curse?

Sharon

April 21st, 2010
10:33 am

The Braves have heart and that is good the team is playing as a solid team a team of Confidence that is the difference between being a winner and finishing last.
They have the confidence that is needed to drive their detrimenation to win the world series in 2010!
It has been said the Atlanta Braves will win the World Series this year.

celgo

April 21st, 2010
10:58 am

That win felt better than what Ben Roethlisberger feels after a good ol’ fashioned date rape!

LWB

April 21st, 2010
11:19 am

Tommy Hanson needs to figure out a way to stop throwing so many pitches. I could understand it last year as a rookie, but he’s got to realize he throws in the upper 90s, with nasty breaking stuff and a decent changeup. There is no need to go 2-2 and 3-2 to every hitter as he is currently doing. He’s not going to win many games if he is gone after 5 innings every start.

CajunStorm

April 21st, 2010
11:40 am

Other Blog Copy

The best part of last night’s game was that my kid and I were still glued to the TV and I called Glaus’ HR as a joke and it happened and my son said with severe confidence, “Heyward’s gonna tie this thing with back to back bombs.” Funny thing is that there was NO JOKING! I felt confident that it could happen just like his walk off single the other night. The KID has an IT factor in the clutch! That is what is soooo exciting!

CajunStorm

April 21st, 2010
11:41 am

Other Blog Copy..cont’d

No meaningless bombs like we used to get from Andruw Jones….but TRUTH be told, I’d love to see Andruw in center RIGHT NOW itting in the 7 spot. He’s only 32″ish”, hitting .323, 4HR’s, and 7rbi. Not to mention roaming center like a mad man again and making a whopping $500k!! Not questioning you Frank bcuz I’m a supporter but just saying it woulda been a nice reunion of one of our own.

dogsbrekky

April 21st, 2010
12:24 pm

good 2 c Andruw doing well, always liked the guy, even when I bagged him last year
talent like his (and Nate’s) does not just go away

Adams

April 21st, 2010
12:38 pm

Great way to end a game. Walk off homer with a shocked Phillies Club looking at an empty Braves dugout. GO BRAVES!!!

JEZ

April 21st, 2010
1:10 pm

I’m not a big fan of making excuses for Glaus, but people may not realize that he made a HECK of a stab that was bullet right at him that he made over there! I mean yea he botched that play up, but it could’ve gone either way. It’s like Smoltz said in the commentary, all he could do is try and stab at it and come up to throw at the pitcher on 1st, but just didn’t work out. I think Glaus is coming around! I get SOO tired of the dummies who call for people’s heads for not doing good 2 weeks into the season!

papafoxx

April 21st, 2010
1:22 pm

AND all the guys aren’t hitting yet. Good things to come I think

BRAVO GO

April 21st, 2010
1:54 pm

Just think!!! What if they decided to send Jason Heyward down for the first 2 weeks. Where would this team be???

Canada

April 21st, 2010
2:12 pm

Fantastic finish! As Glaus stepped up in the 9th, I said to myself “it’s over”, but he actually came through! A strange feeling of expectation came over me as the kid stepped up, knowing he would come through with at least a hit. I’m sure many people are starting to feel the same way now, if not already…

It would be nice if the hitters (Glaus) could cash in on RBI opportunities during the game though.

Brad

April 21st, 2010
2:47 pm

Great win, but I guarantee you that after a loss you same fans will be saying this team sucks and blah, blah, blah.

I’ve been saying it all season; be patient with Glaus. It aint easy coming back from shoulder surgery and playing a different position. It’s ridiculous he was being booed 13 games into the season. This isn’t September people, this April. No need to boo anybody yet. Show a little class!

House Man

April 21st, 2010
2:49 pm

Hey J-Hey………This is just April. Big hit after big hit. What can we expect later this summer? I guess we’ll all have to wait and see. Should be FUN!

Jared

April 21st, 2010
3:47 pm

That was a special kind of game. The kind that, when it happens, you stick your head outside and you can hear all the Braves fans on your street cheering…

Hal Todd

April 21st, 2010
5:07 pm

From the assisted living quarters at Magnolia Manor in Americus, Georgia
Please repeat your splendid finish when you can, but not so late in the game (evening). Most of your many fans had to watch a rerun next day. However, if your splendid victory happens again, some of us will be up and watching. Congratulations to the entire team.

bp

April 21st, 2010
5:20 pm

looks like the boys are having fun again.That empty dugout after nate’s homer was hilarious.

Bill

April 21st, 2010
6:16 pm

Well, that WAS a shocking win for you guys (and a shocking LOSS) for us Phillies fans. Such is the life of a team with no real closer at present.

But two things: First – enjoy it while you can, because Roy Halladay is pitching tonight, baby, and he doesn’t require relievers!! And Two – while every game is important, we have no worries, because at the end of the day, the Phillies are – BY FAR & WITHOUT ANY DOUBT – the class of the National League!!

Bill

April 21st, 2010
6:23 pm

Mark Biles – Are you for real?! Do you REALLY believe the Phillies will be chasing the Braves – or any other NL Eat team for that matter – this year?! C’mon, man, you really should open your eyes! A season ebbs and flows, for sure. But at the end of the day, the Phillies will easily bury the Braves, Marlins, Mets and Nats, and not necessarily in that order. Frankly, the Marlins worry me more than your Braves. In any case, enjoy the season. Perhaps buy a ticket and actually go to a game. The attendance in Atlanta is quite embarrassing!!!

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