Sometimes it’s the little things. In the bottom of the 3rd inning, with a batting average hovering .150, and 1-13 in the series, Dansby Swanson made an effort play. With one out and a runner on first, Swanson hit into what looked to be a double play. But the young shortstop beat out the throw and was safely aboard first with 2 outs. The next batter, Freddie Freeman, went yard to give the Braves a 3-1 lead. Little plays like this might help turn around a slump at the plate.
Atlanta let their lead slip away late, until Freddie Freeman hit his second homer of the night to tie the game at 4. Then, in the bottom of the 9th, bases loaded with 2 outs, Dansby Swanson approached the plate. Swanson took the 1-2 pitch from Brandon Maurer to left field and the ball fell generously before the outstretched arms of Allen Cordoba, scoring the game winning, and sweep-clinching, run. The win moves the Braves to 6-6, winners of five in a row.
Baseball can be a mentally draining game, and it becomes even worse when you start the year slumping with the bat. Hopefully this puts some confidence back into Swanson’s offense. Sometimes, all it takes is getting on base, any way you can.
Next Game: Tuesday Night at home against the Washington Nationals