Braves > Peterson Walks Off In Braves Win

| May 24, 2015

Braves Baseball 2

Kyle Taylor, Valdosta Today Sports

ATLANTA – It took the Braves three hours and forty-eight minutes to beat the Brewers on Saturday afternoon.

It was, however, worth the wait after the dramatic finish. In a game that was started by Shelby Miller, who was making his first appearance since the almost no-hitter, the Braves won 3-2 on a walk-off single by Jace Peterson in the eleventh inning off Brewers reliever, Brandon Kintzler.

Miller did not have the same stuff he had in last Sunday’s game, but he did throw six innings and only gave up two runs.

The Braves got down 2-0 early in the game and found themselves in danger of dropping two in a row to the team with the worst record in the NL Central.

In the fifth inning, Cameron Maybin doubled and scored Shelby Miller. Maybin continues to take advantage of the opportunity as the Braves every day center-fielder.

Freddie Freeman would add his 16th double of the season in what would score Maybin. The game at this point was tied 2-2.

The matchup between Miller and Fiers of the Brewers was locked dead even up until the fifth. The bullpens pitched well until someone had to lose the game. Luis Avilan would pick up his second win of the season after pitching the final 1 1/3 innings.

Will Smith, who was handed an eight game suspension by MLB for using a foreign substance during Thursday’s game, decided to appeal the suspension and was available to pitch in Saturday’s game. Smith pitched 1 2/3 innings, giving up one hit and striking out three.

The month of May and Saturdays have been full of firsts for Braves second baseman, Jace Peterson. The rookie hit his first career grand slam on Saturday, May 16th against the Marlins and his first walk-off in yesterday’s game.

Jace told the Atlanta Journal Constitution, “I was trying to be aggressive. Trying to get a fastball and he threw it first pitch. I tried to get a base hit and get the run in.” When Peterson was asked whether the grand slam or the walk-off was more memorable, he said, “Its hard to say. I’ll take either.”

Peterson’s teammates, lead by Freddie Freeman, would celebrate with him at first base. The Braves once again find themselves at .500 on the season.

Peterson would go on to talk about the moment he shared with his teammates, “It was great. Probably one of the funnest times I’ve had playing baseball. It was awesome.”

Andrelton Simmons made the play of the game in the field with Jason Grilli pitching in the ninth. Luis Sardinas singled to right fielder, Nick Markakis, and with a runner going to third, Simmons cut of the throw and made a perfect toss to first for the third out.

Nick Markakis continues to hit well regardless of his position in the lineup. Markakis would add two more hits in Saturday’s game to keep his average steadily over the .300 mark.

Alex Wood was available in the pen for the game and is on schedule to make his next start Wednesday against the Dodgers after being scratched for Friday’s start with a stomach flu.

It was a great way to start the Memorial Day weekend for Braves Country. Atlanta will try to take three of four from Milwaukee in Sunday afternoon’s game with Mike Foltynewicz (2-1) going against Jimmy Nelson (2-4) at 1:35 from Turner Field.

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