Braves’ Historic Night

Braves’ Historic Night

“That was pretty amazing to be a part of,” Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman said. “I’ve never seen an offense click like that.”

It was a historic night for the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday, when they took on the Miami Marlins at Truist Park. Dating back to 1900, no NL ballclub had scored more than 28 runs in a single game ( That is, until the Braves beat the Marlins by a score of 29-9. From the Marlins perspective, it’s insane and demoralizing to think that they could produce 9 runs in a game, and still lose by 20. The Braves were led by many on this night, but Adam Duvall particularly stood out as he had his second three-homer game within a span of eight days. He is only the second player in NL history to do this, joining Johnny Mize who did so all the way back in 1938.

The game was never in question as the Braves had an 11-run second inning, and never looked back. If the score ever got to be 28-3, Atlanta fans may have worried (Sorry, Falcons fans). Some other notable highlights and milestones in the game were that three Braves homered in the second inning as Ozzie Albies, Travis d’Arnaud, and Duvall all went yard, Freeman drove in a career-high six runs and reached the 1,500-hit mark in the process, and the Braves broke their own franchise record for runs scored in a single game when their young star, Ronald Acuña Jr., hit a bases-loaded double in the sixth inning to open up a 25-8 lead. The Acuña Jr. hit wasn’t criticized like the Tatis Jr. at bat with the bases loaded was just about a month prior even though the lead was even bigger here. That can either be attributed to baseball purists coming to terms with baseball’s evolution, or far more likely, unwritten rules are dumb.

What makes this game even more mind-numbing, is that the Braves were trying to fight off a sweep at the hands of the Marlins. In fact, just a night prior, this offense was shutout. Baseball is a mental sport, just as much as it is physical. I am reminded of a quote by Chicago Cubs legend, and member of baseball’s 600 homerun club, Sammy Sosa when he said, “If you have a bad day in baseball, and start thinking about it, you will have 10 more.” The Braves offense was clearly capable of moving on from its short comings of the past two nights, as they put up an offensive performance not seen in the National League for over a century.

“Baseball is a funny game”, Duvall said. “You can be off one night, and the next night have the best night of your life. That is baseball.”

Photo Credit: Associated Press

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