Even on His Day Off, Harrison Bader Was the Hero in Atlanta

But as Bader points out, he doesn't get his opportunity if not for Matt Carpenter and Tyler O'Neill drawing walks in the top of the 8th inning.

September 18, 2018 - 12:50 pm

The Atlanta Braves began to pick up momentum, scoring in back-to-back innings to get to within one run of the St. Louis Cardinals in the seventh inning Monday night, then Harrison Bader happened. 

The Cardinals rookie is a ballhawk in the outfield, a speed demon on the base paths and just as dangerous at the plate. He recorded the game-winning RBI in Monday's night win, hitting a two-out, three-run home run in the eighth inning. It was Bader's 11th on the season and it came on a day when manager Mike Shildt tried to give him some rest. 

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The last time Bader had game day off was July 29, a 5-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs, since that time he's hit .264 with a .781 OBS, five home runs and six stolen bases. 

He was close to getting his first game off in two months, until the Braves scored in the sixth and seventh inning to bring the score to 6-5. Then after two quick outs to start the top of the eighth, the energy was getting dangerously high for the Braves. But back-to-back walks from Matt Carpenter and Tyler O'Neill set Bader up. 

And Bader didn't even know he would get an opportunity until after those walks.

"I don't even get up until those guys in front of me have those really, really good at bats," Bader says. "So that's a team effort right there."

With the win, St. Louis moves has a half-game lead over the Colorado Rockies, who lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers,  for the second NL Wild Card spot. St. Louis is back in action tonight with a 7:15 first pitch, pregame coverage on KMOX 1120AM begins at 6:20.