Dansby Swanson expectations were very high this year in Atlanta. The rookie shortstop made a huge splash in the 2nd half of the 2016 season. He was the #1 over all pick in the 2014 draft out of Vanderbilt university. When earlier this season when Braves 1st baseman Freddie Freeman went on the disabled list, Swanson was 1 of the players on the Braves team fans and coaches hoped would step up his play and help guide the Braves to victory.
Last night’s game Swanson not only took control of the game offensively, but his fielding at shortstop helped ignite the Braves to their first win over the New York Mets. Last night was the first game of a weekend series with the Mets and the Braves pulled out an exciting win. Dansby turned a routine single into a double with his hustle and caught the Mets off guard with a slide into 2nd base.
Rio Ruiz got his walk off single later in the 9th inning when he hit his single into left field and avoiding the shift the Mets defense had put on to avoid the winning hit. Julio Teheran pitched a solid game for the Braves, but he did not factor in the final decision. The Mets Curtis Granderson hit his homerun in the 3rd inning off of Julio Teheran and Teheran pitched into the 7th inning.
“I loved the way he just kept competing” said Braves manager Brian Snitker about Dansby Swanson last night. The Mets and the Braves will play a double header today at SunTrust Park. Braves rookie Sean Newcomb will be making his major league debut today. Newcomb was called up from AAA Gwinnett when Braves starter Bartolo Colon was placed on the disabled list earlier this week. Braves fans and coaches have high hopes for Newcomb and his impact on the Braves starting rotation. Both games this afternoon will be entertaining, and the excitement begins at 1p.m. EST. GO BRAVES!!!!!