I’ve watched a lot of Atlanta Braves baseball over the years. Throughout the 14 straight division titles and the one World Series title, there have been plenty of incredible moments involving this franchise.
What we saw April 6, 2013, with B.J. Upton hitting the game tying home run in the bottom of the ninth and younger brother Justin Upton hitting the walk-off home run two batters later to win the game is now up there among any of those moments as one of my favorites to have watched happen. I am so glad I tuned in at just the right time.
Up 5-4 heading into the bottom of the ninth, Chicago brought in troubled closer Carlos Marmol to attempt to close things out. B.J Upton led off, and after working into a 3-1 count, got a fastball down the middle and drilled it to dead center field to tie things up at five apiece. After a Jason Heyward fly out to left, Marmol had to deal with the younger Upton with one out.
After a ball, a called strike, and a foul ball, Justin connected on a 1-2 fastball, sending it over the center field fence to give the Braves a 6-5 victory and one of the best finishes in recent memory.
Justin Upton kept up his hot hitting by launched his fourth home run of the season to dead center field to tie the game at one. Upton is the second Braves to homer in four of the first five games of the season, joining only Dale Murphy in 1985 as the only Brave to accomplish the feat.