Jul 2, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves third baseman Chris Johnson (23) hits an RBI double in the sixth inning against the Miami Marlins at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
Chris Johnson is easy to overlook on a Braves roster that focuses on the long-ball.
The third baseman, who mainly bats eighth in the order, has been one of the team's most consistent hitters all season.
He showed his ability to deliver the big hit again Tuesday against the Marlins. Johnson went 3-for-4 with two doubles. It was his two-out hit in the sixth inning with the bases loaded that broke the game open and paved the way for an 11-3 Atlanta win.
Johnson's big hit came against Miami right-hander Ryan Webb, who nearly got out of a bases-loaded jam by striking out the first two batters he faced. Webb got a strike past Johnson, but he swatted the next pitch past first baseman Logan Morrison into right field.
"That was huge," Braves pitcher Kris Medlen said. "I hate giving up a two-out hit to a right-handed batter, but when it happens for you it's a lot better feeling."
Johnson, who was acquired by the Braves in the offseason in the trade that brought Justin Upton to Atlanta and sent Martin Prado and Randall Delgado to Arizona, went 2-for-4 with an RBI in a 6-3 loss to Miami on Wednesday. Johnson has quietly hit .333 through the first 84 games.
"I haven't been getting guys in when it's been my turn," Johnson said. "I try to pick up guys in front of me. That's what good teams do. Webb's got good stuff and against righties he's tough. I was just trying to get something over the plate."
On a night when Atlanta had 16 hits, including five doubles, none was bigger than the one delivered by Johnson on Tuesday.
"We split the gap a few times," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "The biggest double was Chris Johnson. I thought Webb was going to get out of the inning. Chris had a good at-bat and stuck the ball right down the first base line. That not only got us two runs, it gave us the opportunity to put up more."