ATLANTA — It was a big day for Atlanta catcher Brian McCann who celebrated the birth of his first child.
It was also a big day for his backup, David Ross, who helped power the Braves’ offense in McCann’s absence. Ross homered and drove in four runs, Chipper Jones also connected and the Braves survived a crisis at shortstop to beat the New York Mets 7-5 on Friday night. McCann was on paternity leave as his wife, Ashley, delivered a son on Friday. Ross said McCann sent a photo of the baby, named Colt.
“He wished me luck,” Ross said. “I told him `Don’t worry about me.’ His life is about to change. … I’m glad to play well for him.”
The Braves started the day thin at shortstop. They chose to wait to replace rookie Andrelton Simmons who broke his right little finger on Sunday and will be out at least a month. Atlanta then lost shortstop Jack Wilson with another pinkie injury in Friday’s game.
“Well, the worst-case scenario happened,” said manager Fredi Gonzalez, who said the team held off on making a move while exploring options through trades and in the minors.
Wilson dislocated the middle joint of his right little finger sliding while chasing a grounder in the fourth inning. Wilson’s exit forced Martin Prado, the starter in left field, to play shortstop for the first time in four years.