Every 2010 Atlanta Braves Walk-off and Last AB Win (w/video links)
The Atlanta Braves have won 21 of their 70+ wins this season in their last at-bat, and a number of those have been dramatic walk-off wins.
This is an ongoing chronicle of those wins, with video links to braves.com
As of July 30th new slides will be updated with the most recent wins coming first. All games before that date progress from the first game of the season (April 7th).
Please check back as the season progresses.
Last Updated 9/1
August 29th vs. Florida Marlins
After losing five of six in the last week of August, the Braves appeared to be in big trouble on Sunday, August 29th against the Marlins
But like the Braves had done on a number of Sundays this year, they rallied late in the game.
The Braves looked horrible through 7 innings. Derek Lowe was pretty pathetic, pitching only three innings and allowing five earned runs.
The Braves' bats where dominated by Josh Johnson, a serious NL Cy Young contender.
Johnson was removed from the game prior to the 7th inning at which point Jose Veras shut down the Braves in the 7th.
In the bottom of the 8th the Marlins went with former Braves left-hander Will Ohman.
Heyward stated the rally with a walk. After a Prado fly out, McCann singled. Heyward than scored on an Eric Hinske double. The Braves had runners at 2nd and 3rd.
Alex Gonzalez struck out and then Melky Cabrera seemed to end the inning with a ground out to third. However Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez missed the throw and McCann and Hinske hustled home. It was 6-4 headed to the 9th inning.
Once again Brooks Conrad was at the center of the rally.
Conrad drew a lead-off walk and than Matt Diaz launched a mammoth opposite home run (with a nice bat throw) to tie the game at six.
The Braves recorded two quick outs before Brain McCann came to the plate.
McCann hit a 2-2 pitch to right field, which was originally ruled as having bounced off the top of the wall and back into play. Instant replays quickly showed the ball had skipped over the outfield wall and then bounced back unto the field. McCann, standing a second with a double, argued his case. The umpires huddled and thankfully decided to review the play
Their decision didn't take long. It was a walk off home run. Or as bravesjournal.com writer Mac Thomsan said on twitter, "The rarely-seen trot, stand at second, then walk off home run.The rarely-seen trot, stand at second, then walk off home run."
It was the first time in baseball history that instant replay had been used on a game-winning homerun.
Here is a look at cool win probability graph from the game via Fangraphs.com
The Video Highlights:
August 20th vs. Chicago Cubs
Derek Lee's first game as an Atlanta Brave was a memorable one.
Not only was it against the team he had left just days before, the Chicago Cubs, but it gave the Braves their fifth last at-bat win in the last ten days.
The Braves first last AB win of the season was against Chicago. They would match the drama with their 21st.
Like in Houston a week previous, Jair Jurrjens provided a strong pitching performance. The Braves' bats did not support him.
Stop me if you've heard this script before - the Braves trailed 3-2 entering the top of 9th. Cubs closer Carlos Marmol was on the mound.
Marmol was all-over the place. He walked Martin Prado, struck out Derek Lee, walked Brian McCann, walked Alex Gonzalez and then stuck out Melky Cabrera. Five hitters and none had put bat on ball in fair territory.
Rick Ankiel changed that when he lined a pitch down the right field line. The three Braves on the base paths all hustled around to score and Ankiel made it to third with a triple. The Braves had taken the lead, five to three.
Marmol then struck out Eric Hinske. Of the 30 pitches he threw Ankiel's triple was the only fair ball hit.
Billy Wagner then retired the "cursed" Cubs in the bottom of the 9th.
Ankiel's bases clearing triple.
August 18th vs. Washington Nationals
For the fifth time in 2010 Jason Heyward provided the Braves with the winning hit in their final at-bat.
This time it was a dramatic, two out, walk-off hit.
An excellent pitcher's duel between Livan Hernandez and Tim Hudson saw the game go to the ninth inning tied at 2-2.
The ninth inning didn't look promising at first. It went: ground out, Ankiel single, David Ross walk, strikeout.
Nationals pitcher Tyler Clippard ran the count on Jason Heyward to 3-0. Everyone in Braves nation thought Heyward was prepared to stand and watch the next pitch, hoping for the easy walk.
The J-Hay kid had heroics on this mind instead.
Heyward hit a sharp grounder back through the box and Ankiel scored from second base with relative ease.
It was the Braves second walk-off win in three days.
Heyward's 3-0 single
August 16th vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
The Braves first walk-off win of the second half came against the Los Angeles Dodgers on a Monday evening in August.
The Braves trailed 3-1 entering the 9th inning against new Dodgers closer Hong-Chih Kuo and his 0.89 ERA.
The first and second hitters of the inning, Alex Gonzalez and Brian McCann singled.
After a Troy Glaus pop out, Brooks Conrad drew a walk to load the bases.
At this point, Dodgers manager Joe Torre replaced Kuo with Octavio Dotel. Dotel than repeated Kuo's struggles, walking pinch-hitter David Ross.
The walk forced home Gonzalez and the Braves trailed 3-2 with one out.
Melky Cabrera came to the plate, He ran the count to 3 and 2. Cabrera than grounded a 92mph cutter through the left side of the infield. Brandon Hicks scored from third and Atlanta folk hero Brooks Conrad rushed home with the winning run.
August 11th at Houston Astros
For the second straight day the Braves blew a one-run late inning lead and then staged a comeback in the game's last inning to claim victory in Houston.
After Billy Wanger blew a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the 9th the Braves responded quickly in the top of the 10th.
With one out and two runners on base via walk, Omar Infante doubled and Rick Ankiel scored to give the Braves the lead. They were not close to finished.
The Astros walked the next hitter to load the bases. Alex Gonzalez then singled up the middle to score another run. Brain McCann then stepped to plate and launched a towering grand slam to right field.
The Braves had gone from blowing the game to blowing it wide open.
With the 10th inning rally the Braves won 8-2.
August 10th at Houston Astros
It looked like a it was going to be a very sober night for the Braves on a warm Houston evening.
The Astros and Braves were stuck in a 0-0 pitching duel when Chipper Jones made a fantastic jumping throw to record an out in the 6th inning. It was a costly out.
Jones came down awkwardly on his knee and had to be helped off the field. The Braves seemed to rally for him in the top of the 7th when they took a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the 8th the Braves gave it back.
With a runner on third, shortstop Alex Gonzalez threw wildly to home and the game was tied. The error was compounded on the next play when Omar Infante failed to handle a double play relay from Gonzalez. The second error allowed another run to the score. The Braves looked to have shot themselves in the foot, twice, and trailed 2-1 entering the 9th.
Alex Gonzalez redeemed himself a bit with a lead-off single. Brooks Conrad than came to the plate and took the first pitch he saw on a ride over the right field wall. Troy Glaus followed up Brooks home run with a solo shot of his own, his first homerun since his June 20th walk-off against Kansas City.
The Braves won 4-2 and Brooks Conrad entered full folk hero status.
July 30th vs Cincinnati Reds
For the third time in the 2010 season the Braves beat the Reds in fantastic fashion.
Jason Heyward hit a 3-2, two-out, two-run double in the top of the 10th inning to beat the Reds 6-4.
The win was bitter sweet because All-Star second baseman Martin Prado was hurt sliding head first into home for the second run.
Jesse Chavez got the win. A few hours later he was traded to Kansas City along with Gregor Blanco and Tim Collins in exchange for Rick Ankiel and Kyle Farnsworth.
April 7 vs Chicago Cubs
The magic started on the second day of the Braves season. Chipper Jones hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the eigth inning. The homer gave the Braves a 3-2 come-from-behind win and allowed Billy Wagner to record his first save of the season.
April 18 vs. Colorado Rockies
The Braves first walk off of the year came on a Sunday afternoon, via rookie sensation Jason Heyward.
Trailing 3-2 entering the ninth inning, the Braves comeback began when Martin Prado started the rally with a base hit. Two walks and two outs later, Heyward came to bat with the bases loaded against Rockies closer Franklin Morales.
After watching two balls and two called strikes, Heyward remained calm and scorched a 98mph heater through the right side of the Rockies infield. Prado scored easily and pinch-runner Brooks Conrad beat the throw from Rockies left-fielder Ryan Spilborghs.
The victory was even sweeter because the Braves had been no-hit just hours before by Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez.
April 20 vs. Philadelphia Phillies
The Braves trailed 3-0 entering the bottom of the ninth after a fantastic start by Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick. The Braves weak bats looked down and out against the NL East leading Phillies and their closer Ryan Madison.
Madison retired Martin Prado, walked Chipper, and then induced a fly out from Brain McCann. With two outs, Troy Glaus, who had stuggled mightily throughout April, stepped to the plate and launched the third pitch he saw into the left-field bleachers.
Jason Heyward then stepped to the plate. Two days earlier, Heyward's single with two-outs and two-strikes gave the Braves a walk off win.
This time, Heyward only saw one called strike before tying the game with homerun.
After a scoreless top of the 10th Nate McLouth quickly ended things with his first jack of the season off of Jose Contreras.
May 5 at Washington Nationals
The Braves and Nats gave the fans in Washington free baseball during the first Wednesday of May.
Playing into the 10th inning tied at six runs apiece, the Braves began to rally when Troy Glaus singled to start the tenth. Glaus was lifted for pinch-runner Brandon Hicks, who then advanced to second base on a bunt by Melky Carbera.
Matt Diaz provided the final heroics with an opposite field single which Hicks scored easily on. Billy Wagner retired the Nats in the bottom of the 10th and the Braves won 7-6.
Hicks game-winning run was hit first run scored in the major leagues.
May 14 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
The Braves nearly spoiled a great comeback on a Friday night in May against Arizona. Atlanta trailed 4-0 early in the game, but roared back to knot things up with four runs in the bottom of the seventh, topped with a three-run Nate McLouth home run.
The Braves then appeared to waste the opportunity when Justin Upton drove home Connor Jackson in the top of the ninth. Luckily, Chad Qualls was still the D-backs closer at the time.
In the Braves half of the ninth, Eric Hinske got the action started with a single to center. Omar Infante then reached when Qualls botched Infante's sacrifice bunt.
Nate McLouth laid down a successful sacrifice advancing the runners to second and third. D-Backs manager A.J. Hinch then made one of the strangest decisions of the season.
Instead of allowing Qualls to pitch to Melky Carbera and his .196 batting average, Hinch called for the intentional walk, bringing Martin Prado and his .317 average to the plate.
Prado thanked Hinch with a two-run single which gave the Braves another walk-off, come from behind, bottom of the ninth victory.
May 18 vs. New York Mets
When the Braves beat the Mets it's always a little sweater. When the Mets star player makes it possible it's much sweater.
The Mets and Braves were tied at 2-2 entering the ninth inning. The first batter of the inning, Brain McCann, singled. He was replaced by pinch-runner Brent Clevlan. Yunel Escobar then drew a walk off new Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia.
Melky Cabera then attempted to sacrifice the runs to second and third base. Sadly, Cabera is not very good. He missed his first bunt attempt and fouled off the second. With two strikes, he swung away and hit a high Baltimore chop to Mets third baseman David Wright.
Wright fielded the ball and made a throw across his body, which if accurate would have gotten Cabera.
It was not accurate. The throw sailed past Mets first baseman Ike Davis and allowed Clevlan to score from second base. The Braves had another walk-off win, this time with extra sweetness.
May 19 vs. Cincinnati Reds
The Braves looked in control early against the NL Central leading Reds. The Braves lead 4-0 in the eighth when Takashi Saito let the Reds back into the game with three runs.
Still, as Billy Wagner took the mound in the nith, things looked good for another Braves win. Pinch-hitter Chris Hiesey did not get the memo.
Hiesey's lead-off, game-tying blast set the stage for another Braves walk-off victory.
In the bottom half of the ninth, Red's reliever Nick Masset got two outs on two weak ground balls. Martin Prado then scratched out a single and the legend of Jason Heyward grew just a bit more.
Facing a 3-2 count Heyward smoked the ball down the right-field line. Prado scored from first on the double. Heyward had done it again.
May 20 vs Cinicinnati Reds
On May 20, Atlanta Braves fans knew this was a special season.
The Braves trailed 9-3 entering the bottom of the ninth after an uncharacteristically bad start from Tommy Hanson. It was a hot Atlanta afternoon, a travel day, and it would have been easy for the Braves to let the game end quickly.
Brooks Conrad had other ideas.
The inning started with a Troy Glaus single. Then Eric Hinske singled, as did Yunel Escobar. The bases were loaded.
But six runs is a lot to make up in just one inning.
Nate McLouth then singled home Glaus and Hinske. The lead was still 9-5. The Reds brought in reliever Mike Lincoln who walked David Ross to re-load the bases.
Prado appeared to hit a possible double play to third baseman Miguel Cairo, but Cairo booted the the ball. Escobar scored and the bases were still loaded. The Reds led 9-6.
Jason Heyward struck out for the first out of the inning. Brooks Conrad then came to the plate as a pinch-hitter. It was only Brooks 98th career AB. He was not phased.
On a 2-2 pitch from lefty Arthur Rhodes, Brooks got just enough of the baseball to send it to over the left-field wall inches beyond the glove of Lance Nix. 10-9, Braves win.
With the dramatic win the Braves moved to 21-20. They have continued to move further above .500 since this game.
The celebration that ensued at Turner Field brought memories of Sid Bream to the thoughts of Braves fans everywhere.
May 30 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
On Memorial Day, Atlanta was tied 2-2 in the bottom of the eighth. With two out, Chipper Jones popped a single to left to score Nate McLouth. Jason Heyward then provided insurance runs with his first career triple scoring Chipper and Brian McCann.
Wagner came on for the save and the Braves had a 5-2 victory.
This was the last game the Braves were not in first place.
With the victory they pulled within half a game of the Phillies, who they promptly swept over the next three games.
June 2 vs. Philadelphia Phillies
The Braves had won the first two games of their series with the Phillies to move into sole possession of first place.
A lose in the third and final game would have moved the Phils back within a half game of first. But once again an unlikely Braves hero had other plans.
With the scored tied at one all, Omar Infante lined a two-out, run-scoring single in the eighth inning to back Derek Lowe's best outing of the season and lead Atlantla to their eighth straight win.
The Braves now led the Phillies by 2.5 games.
June 10 at Arizona Diamondbacks
Once again the Braves offense bailed out the Braves bullpen when they blew a lead.
The Braves led 7-4 in the bottom of the eighth when a three run double by ex-Brave Kelly Johnson knotted the game.
In the Top of the ninth the Braves rallied again. Brooks Conrad (who keeps popping up in these comebacks) started the rally with a single. Brain McCann brought him home with a double.
After a Prado single, Heyward singled home McCann. The Braves added two more runs on a Hinke single and a sac fly by Troy Glaus.
With the four run top of the ninth rally, the Braves won 11-7.
June 12 at Minnesota Twins
On June 12, the Braves pulled off their first inter-league last at bat win of the season. Once again Brooks Conrad was at the center of the action.
The game was tied at 2-2 when Gregor Blanco reached on a single as the first batter in the top of the ninth. Blanco moved to third with a hit and run single by Martin Prado.
With one out and Brooks Conrad at the plate Bobby Cox called for the squeeze bunt.
Brooks laid down a textbook bunt which the Minnesota pitcher struggled to reach, then bobbled, allowing Blanco to score and Brooks to reach safely.
The Braves had taken the lead and Billy Wagner would retire the Twins in the bottom of the ninth.
June 19 vs Kansas City Royals
Saturday was lucky again for the Braves, this time against the Royals.
Troy Glaus was the hero, blasting a monster walk-off homerun in the bottom of the ninth inning. It was Glaus' 14th homerun of the season. He has yet to hit another one since.
The win also ran Billy Wagner's record to a perfect 5-0.
June 20 vs. Kansas City Royals
The Royals got a double dip of Braves magic in their lone series against them this year.
The Braves and Royals were tied at five when Chipper Jones and Troy Glaus drew back to back walks with two outs in the ninth inning.
Eric Hinske then smacked a double to score Chipper and Glaus. Hinkse then came home on a Melky Caberea single and the Braves had a 8-5 lead.
Billy Wagner came on to record his 14th save and the Braves had their 14th victory in their final at-bat.
July 2 vs. Florida Marlins
Extra innings were needed for this round of Braves heroics after Billy Wagner blew just his third save of the season.
Wagner allowed a home run to Gaby Sanchez in the ninth inning to send the game to extras tied at two.
In the Top of the 11th, the Marlins got one run after two Braves mistakes.
With Wes Helms on first Troy Glaus fielded a bunt by Chris Coghlan. Glaus threw wildly to first and Helms moved to third. Helms would then score on a a botched squeeze bunt.
Brain Branden tried and failed to bunt a two strike pitch. Helms, already moving down the third base line, was chased back by Brain McCann. McCann relayed to third basean Chipper Jones and Helms turned towards home.
Chipper threw to pitcher Johnny Venters. Venters dropped the ball and Helms scored easily on the error. The Marlins led 3-2.
There was no reason to worry though, Omar Infante had his teammates back.
In the bottom of the ninth against Marlins closer Leo Nunez, Infante hit a walk-off single to score Brain McCann and pinch-run Brandon Hicks (Hicks had replaced Troy Glaus after Glaus launched a long double to rightfield).
The Braves won 4-3 and Johnny Venters was rescued.
July 6 at Philadelphia Philles
Extra innings again. A Braves last at-bat win again. Another division rival defeated in classic Braves fashion.
Matt Diaz, freshly returned from the disabled list, hit a tie-breaking double and Eric Hinkse added a two-out, two-run home run as the Braves defeated the Phillies in 13 innings on a day when temperatures soared close to 100 degrees.
It was the Braves 16th victory in their final at bat.