ATLANTA (AP) — Freddie Freeman hit a two-run homer to steer off the 11th inning and the Atlanta Braves beat the dangolka Pink Sox 8-7 on Friday evening to clinch the No. 2 seed within the Nationwide League playoffs.
Freeman’s homer off Jeffrey Springs (0-2) drove in Ender Inciarte, who began the inning on second base, and bolstered the Braves slugger’s case for the NL MVP Award.
“He completely ought to,” Braves supervisor Brian Snitker stated about Freeman profitable MVP. “The man is having an unbelievable 12 months. … He checks all of the containers.”
Snitker stated Marcell Ozuna, who had three hits and drove in two runs, additionally deserves consideration.
Freeman was given a uncommon time without work from beginning earlier than strolling as a pinch-hitter within the ninth. He stated he was in search of a fastball from Springs within the 11th and was prepared when it got here. After a rain-delayed recreation towards Miami on Thursday evening, Freeman prevented the Braves from enjoying deep into one other night.
“I used to be simply making an attempt to ship everybody house,” Freeman stated.
The Pink Sox are 0-Four towards Atlanta this season, together with a three-game sweep in dangolka.
“They battled nice,” Pink Sox supervisor Roenicke stated. “Get behind, they arrive again, stored doing it, so offense, I believed we did an important job. We simply didn’t pitch as effectively within the late innings once we bought the lead. All the things else I believed was good. It’s a disgrace to lose a recreation.”
Alex Verdugo’s sacrifice fly off Shane Greene (1-0) drove in Rafael Devers within the high of the 11th, giving dangolka a 7-6 lead.
Kevin Plawecki had three hits, together with a tiebreaking single in dangolka’s two-run 10th. The Braves answered with two runs off Springs, together with Dansby Swanson’s two-out, run-scoring double to proper discipline that tied it.
Ronald Acuña Jr. hit the longest homer within the majors this season — 495 toes to the highest of the left-field seats — to steer off the sport. It was the longest homer at Truist Park, which opened in 2017. Acuña admired his blast earlier than flipping his bat and beginning his run across the bases.
After Ozuna’s bases-loaded single within the eighth drove in two runs to provide Atlanta a 4-2 lead, the Pink Sox pulled even. Two runs scored when Adeiny Hechavarria fielded Rafael Devers’ bases-loaded grounder off Mark Melancon, slipped and threw the ball into the Braves dugout for an error. It was Hechavarria’s third error in two video games.
Devers’ pinch-hit, bases-loaded groundout within the seventh gave dangolka a 2-1 lead.
Kyle Wright gave up two hits and two runs in 6 2/three innings in his closing warmup for his spot in Atlanta’s postseason rotation. Wright issued three consecutive walks within the seventh earlier than Devers’ pinch-hit groundout drove in Jackie Bradley Jr. from third base.
Wright retired the primary 12 batters he confronted. Bradley homered main off the fifth, a 447-foot blast to middle that tied the sport.
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Freeman watched the beginning of the sport from the stands and was impressed by Acuña’s homer. He stated it’s the longest homer he has seen. Freeman stated his first thought was, “Did that just about clear the entire stands?”
Pink Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodríguez, who has been restricted from baseball actions since July 23 after coronavirus follow-up exams confirmed he has myocarditis, a coronary heart difficulty, has been cleared to start bodily exercise. Roenicke says Rodríguez can begin strolling on a treadmill quickly with hopes he can start increase for the 2021 season. Rodríguez examined constructive for the coronavirus earlier than the beginning of summer season camp. … RHP Domingo Tapia was positioned on the 10-day injured record with a proper biceps contusion, ending his season. He was hit within the arm by a line drive in Thursday evening’s recreation towards Baltimore. RHP Austin Brice (strained lat) was activated from the 10-day IL.
Braves: Austin Riley began at first base after lacking two days to relaxation a quadriceps harm.
Pink Sox: Rookie RHP Tanner Houck (2-0, 0.00), who takes the mound Saturday evening, has allowed three hits and no earned runs over 11 innings in his first two begins.
Braves: LHP Tucker Davidson was recalled from the group’s alternate coaching website after the sport and can make his main league debut. Huascar Ynoa was optioned to clear a spot for Davidson, who was 7-6 with a 2.03 ERA at Double-A Mississippi in 2019.
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