It has been apparent since the beginning of his career that Jason Heyward has the potential to be a legitimate five-tool player. He had one of his best games all season in doing a little bit of everything to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 4-3 win over the New York Yankees to snap their three-game losing streak.
Heyward's blistered go-ahead single off the left foot of Mark Teixeira in the sixth inning was the difference as the Braves snapped the Yankees' 10-game winning streak and bringing the Braves within three games of the Washington Nationals for first place.
Heyward would bail out Hudson an inning later when Nick Swisher hit a two-out single to right. Heyward would charge and make a strong throw to Brian McCann, who tagged out Teixeira to end the inning.
Heyward would give the Braves the lead in the sixth when McCann doubled to start the inning and was subsequently moved to third when Freddie Freeman grounded out. Heyward would drive in McCann with a smash that caught Teixeira in the left foot in a play that practically mirrored the one on which Chipper was injured in Tampa.
A triple from Heyward off Hiroki Kuroda set up the Braves' first run in the third inning. His two-hit game left Heyward with a .356 average over his last 13 games.
The performance more than atoned for an egregious baserunning error Heyward made in the fourth. Jones had tied the game with a two-out double off Kuroda, his first extra base hit since coming off the disabled list June 10, and Heyward walked to load the bases. Andrelton Simmons drove in Freddie Freeman with a single, but Heyward was thrown out at third base before Jones could score.
Simmons, who was also responsible for driving in Heyward in the third inning with a groundout, raised his average to .345 with his two-hit performance.
Hudson picked up his first win since he shut out the Miami Marlins on June 5. He was charged with three runs, two earned, in five innings.Tags: Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Chipper Jones, Hiroki Kuroda, Jason Heyward, Mark Teixeira, MLB, New York Yankees, Tim Hudson