Scott Cunningham/Getty Images
Justin Upton delivered a walk-off home run on April 6.
A new opponent rolled into town, but Justin Upton picked up right where he had left off, victimizing Chicago starter Scott Feldman for a home run in his first at-bat of the series. Upton added a sacrifice fly in the third inning and finished 1-for-3 with two RBI in Atlanta’s 4-1 victory.
There are certain games throughout a season that can define a team. Saturday's dramatic 6-5 win over the Cubs may well be one of those for the Braves.
For the second straight night, Upton connected for a first-inning home run. It was his first of three hits in the game, each of which proved to be vital in Atlanta’s comeback win.
Down by a 5-1 score in the bottom of the eighth, Upton sparked a three-run rally by leading off the inning with a hustle double. He reached third on a wild pitch and scored on a Freddie Freeman single. A two-run single by Ramiro Pena capped the scoring and pulled the Braves within one.
The Atlanta ninth can only be described as one of the most surreal moments in recent memory. After older brother B.J. opened the frame with a game-tying solo homer, Justin stepped up two batters later and delivered a walk-off home run.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Saturday's heroics by the Uptons marked just the fourth time in big league history that a pair of brothers homered in the same inning.
Justin finished the game 3-for-5 with a pair of home runs, three RBI and three runs scored. Elias also reported that Upton became the first player since 2006 to hit five home runs in his team’s first five games of the season.
The finale against Chicago was not quite as memorable, however. Upton struck out in all four at-bats, though the Braves did complete a three-game sweep with a 5-1 victory.