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Resiliency a virtue not lost on Johnson

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ATLANTA -- Chris Johnson understands he is bound to experience frustration similar to what he felt when he struck out in each of his four plate appearances against the Mets on Thursday night. But the Braves third baseman also understands the value of quickly bouncing back, like he did with an influential three-hit performance in Friday night's 7-6 win over the Nationals in 10 innings.

"I'm going to go 0-for-4 again this season," Johnson said. "I'm going to go two games without a hit again this season, probably. But I try to snap out of those quickly and rebound."

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ATLANTA -- Chris Johnson understands he is bound to experience frustration similar to what he felt when he struck out in each of his four plate appearances against the Mets on Thursday night. But the Braves third baseman also understands the value of quickly bouncing back, like he did with an influential three-hit performance in Friday night's 7-6 win over the Nationals in 10 innings.

"I'm going to go 0-for-4 again this season," Johnson said. "I'm going to go two games without a hit again this season, probably. But I try to snap out of those quickly and rebound."

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Johnson snapped an 0-for-10 skid with a third-inning double. He also delivered a go-ahead single with two outs in the fifth inning and produced the two-out, 10th-inning single that gave Justin Upton a chance to produce his walk-off single.

This was certainly not the first time the Braves have seen Johnson extend innings. Johnson has produced a Major League-best .368 (71-for-193) batting average with two outs dating back to the start of last season.

During this same span, Johnson ranks 10th in the Majors with the .375 batting average he has produced with two outs and runners in scoring position.

"I really relax more," Johnson said. "I feel, when we're in those situations, the pitcher is the one that is nervous and doesn't want to give up a hit. I like to be able to use the whole field there, and when I do use the whole field, it takes away a lot of the things the pitcher can use against me."

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for MLB.com.

 

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