The Atlanta Braves entered the top of the eighth inning Monday night against the Philadelphia Phillies ahead 2-1. Two innings and fIve homers later, the Braves left the field with a wild 9-6 win, sealed by a grand slam from Dan Uggla.
The Braves hit three homers in the top of the eighth, one each from Evan Gattis (who had a two-run homer earlier in the game too), Andrelton Simmons and Uggla. That gave Atlanta a 5-1 lead that the Phillies quickly erased with a two-run Marlon Byrd single and a three-run Domonic Brown homer in the bottom half of the inning.
With Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon unavailable after pitching three straight games, the team turned to Jake Diekman to protect their 6-5 lead in the ninth, but given the pace of things, that wasn't going to happen. With the bases loaded, Diekman managed to strike out Gattis. Phew.
Oh, not so fast, Philly. Uggla smashed a second pitch-slider over the wall to make the score 9-6. Uggla, who was hitting .195 with 12 strikeouts comingRead More »from The Grand Slam: Dan Uggla's ninth-inning grand slam caps wild Braves win over Phils