A little sibling rivalry can go a long way when properly channeled. B.J. and Justin Upton proved that yesterday, as each homered to erase a one-run ninth inning deficit and walk-off with Atlanta’s fourth win of the season.
The Chicago Cubs carried a four-run lead into the eighth inning before the Braves began their rally. Atlanta scored three in the bottom of the eighth to cut the deficit to 5-4, which gave the Uptons the opportunity for their anything-you-can-do-I-can-do-better heroics in the ninth.
B.J. led off the inning with a solo shot against embattled Cubs closer Carlos Marmol – his first homer of the season – which tied the game at five. Two batters later, Justin – the younger brother – belted a solo shot of his own, his of the more impressive walk-off variety, putting a cap on a come-from-behind 6-5 victory.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Uptons are the first brothers to hit a game-tying and walk-off home run in the same inning. They are the first brothers to homer in the same inning since Cal and Billy Ripken did so for the Orioles in 1996.
Justin Upton, whose walk-off long ball was his second of the game, has been on fire this season. The Braves left fielder is batting .389 and already has five home runs and seven RBIs through just five games.
Here are some post-game thoughts from the Uptons.