Rookie second baseman locks up win with first-pitch single in 11th
By Carlos Collazo
ATLANTA -- Exactly one week after hitting his first career grand slam, Braves second baseman Jace Peterson tallied his first walk-off hit, sending Atlanta to a 3-2 victory over the Brewers in the 11th inning with a single to left-center field.
"I was trying to be aggressive," Peterson said. "Trying to get a fastball, and he threw it first pitch, so I was just trying to get a base hit and trying to get the run in."
Peterson sent the first pitch he saw from Brewers right-hander Brandon Kintzler to the outfield to drive in Alberto Callaspo from third base, just before teammates mobbed the rookie on the field.
"It was great man, it was probably one of the [most] fun times I've ever had playing baseball," Peterson said. "It was awesome, [my teammates threw] dirt all over me and water, I mean just celebrating. Really, it was awesome."
The walk-off hit followed yet another solid start from Shelby Miller, who came out of the game after limiting the Brewers to two runs over six innings. Miller worked around seven hits and two walks, thanks to some key defensive plays, while striking out five.
"I didn't have my best stuff today, but my teammates did a good job of hanging in there with me, making some good plays," Miller said.