Braves > Terdosalvich Delivers Late Inning Blast, Braves Win

| June 10, 2015

Braves Baseball

Kyle Taylor, Valdosta Today Sports

ATLANTA – It would have been hard to predict that the bullpen and Joey Terdosalvich would be the heroes in the Braves win over the Padres on Tuesday night at Turner Field, but that is just how the night unfolded after a 50-minute rain delay.
The Braves went down 5-0 by the sixth inning before storming back on Padres ace, James Shields (7-0).
Mike Foltynewicz (3-2) got the start for the Braves and surrendered 5 runs on 12 hits before getting pulled by Fredi Gonzalez with two outs in the fifth. One of those hits was a solo home run to Will Venable (5) in the top of the third. Venable continued his big night at the plate by added an RBI double off the Braves rookie starter in the sixth.
Foltynewicz talked with about his slider, “I just didn’t get them in the dirt or a lot of them just fell over the middle of the plate. That was just bad execution on my part.”
Atlanta found themselves down 5-0 with their starter out of the game heading into the bottom half of the sixth.
An error by Padres second baseman, Cory Spangenberg, with Nick Markakis at the plate, got the scoring started for the Braves.
Andrelton Simmons followed with a double that brought home Freeman, Markakis, and Uribe. Uribe was originally called out at the plate, but the Braves would challenge the play and the umpires ruled him safe.
The score was now 5-4 with Simmons at second and Jonny Gomes at the plate. Gomes singled and brought Simmons home to tie the game at five a piece. The Padres then challenged the call at the plate, and the call was upheld.
In the bottom of the eighth inning is when the fireworks began. Joey Terdoslavich came on to pinch-hit and delivered his first career MLB home run to put the Braves up 6-5.
Reported by ESPN, Terdoslavich told teammate Shelby Miller, “I told Shelby it felt like the coolest thing I had ever done.”
Terdoslavich was activated from the disabled list last Friday.
According to, Terdoslavich’s dad was in attendance and Joey told reporters, “I was texting with him afterwards and he said he was still shaking. He had been there the past few days. It was special that he was there.”
Jason Grilli completed the excellent performance from the Braves relievers by saving the game in the ninth. The combination of Aardsma (making his Braves debut), Avilan, Cunniff, Johnson, and Grilli got the job done to give the Braves their 28th win of the season.
With the Mets and Nationals slipping of late, the Braves still find themselves only two and a half back in the NL East and three in the Wild Card.
The Braves and Padres will go at it again on Wednesday night at 7:10 PM from Turner field. Tyson Ross (3-5) will pitch against Williams Perez (1-0) in the third game of four before wrapping up the series and home stand on Thursday afternoon.
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