ATLANTA (BaseballStL) -- Only one thing was uncertain for the Atlanta Braves coming into Friday’ wild-card game. Who would be the catcher for Kris Medlen?
The decision to put David Ross instead of Brian McCann in the starting lineup was decided hours before. It would be the same David Ross who smacked a two-run home run with two outs in the second inning to give the Braves a 2-0 lead in front of a packed house at Turner Field. Of course, it would be.
The home run was set up by a perfect storm. Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse thought he painted the corner on a 3-2 pitch to Dan Uggla, but it was determined to be the fourth ball of the at-bat. The following hitter, Ross, swung and miss on the third strike of his at-bat, but was granted a late timeout. The next pitch was launched for the go-ahead home run.
Ross hit nine home runs and compiled a .256 batting average and 23 RBI in 62 games this season.