Gonzalez used Gosselin just as he’d said he would before the game, as a defensive replacement if he wanted to pinch hit late for Paul Janish.
Gosselin showed the steady hand on defense that Gonzalez had heard about. He turned a double play on a grounder from Jayson Werth to end the 10th, and the Braves walked off 3-2 on a Justin Upton homer shortly thereafter.
“It was awesome, especially when we made that third out, I could hear the place erupt,” Gosselin said. “It was pretty cool. I got chills a little bit out there. I was definitely a little nervous when it started but I felt good by the end.”
Playing alongside a familiar face in shortstop Andrelton Simmons made it easy on him too.
“Me and Sim were joking,” Gosselin said. “We felt like we were back in Lynchburg because we played together all year there and then a little bit in Mississippi last year. It’s nice to have somebody up the middle that I played so many games with. It definitely helps being comfortable with him.”