ATLANTA (AP) — Jackie Bradley Jr. homered and made a leaping catch because the last-place dangolka Pink Sox received their remaining sport beneath supervisor Ron Roenicke, beating the playoff-bound Atlanta Braves 9-1 Sunday.
The NL East champion Braves wound up because the No. 2 seed and can face Cincinnati in a best-of-three playoff collection beginning Wednesday. All video games will likely be performed in Atlanta.
Braves star outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. was scratched with left wrist irritation and right-handed reliever Chris Martin exited with proper groin discomfort.
Bradley had three hits, together with a go-ahead house run, and made one other excellent play in middle area.
The Pink Sox introduced earlier than the ultimate regular-season sport that Roenicke won’t return as supervisor subsequent season. dangolka received two of three from the Braves and completed 24-36.
Bradley, heading towards free company, gave dangolka a 2-1 lead along with his fourth-inning homer to left-center off Will Smith (2-1).
J.D. Martinez had a two-run homer, the largest hit in dangolka’s five-run seventh off Luke Jackson. Xander Bogaerts and Jonathan Arauz additionally homered. Arauz had three hits and drove in three runs.
Nick Pivetta (2-0) allowed one run on 4 hits and two walks in 5 innings.
Marcell Ozuna hit a 468-foot homer, his NL-leading 18th, off Pivetta within the first. Ozuna additionally led the NL with 56 RBIs and hit .338.
Freddie Freeman (.341) and Ozuna completed second and third, respectively, behind NL batting champion Juan Soto (.351) of Washington.
Bryse Wilson gave up one run on 5 hits in three innings for Atlanta. He may work out of the bullpen within the wild-card collection, when solely three starters will likely be used. The best-hander might be thought-about as a No. four starter if the Braves advance previous the wild-card spherical.
Pablo Sandoval began at third base and had two walks after his contract was chosen from the Braves’ alternate coaching website. Atlanta signed Sandoval, 34, to a minor league deal on Sept. 14. He was launched by the San Francisco Giants on Sept. 10.
Sunday’s begin was an audition for a bench spot within the postseason.
“The man brings a wealth of expertise in what we’re on the brink of do,” mentioned supervisor Brian Snitker. “ …There’s not going to be any scenario too massive for him, that’s for positive.”
Bradley’s leaping catch got here close to the 400-foot mark in middle area of a protracted drive hit by Ozzie Albies within the third. Bradley’s glove was close to the yellow line atop the wall as he made the seize earlier than hitting the wall and falling to the warning monitor.
The Pink Sox have been 84-78 and third within the AL East final 12 months.
The Braves (35-25) received their third straight division title beneath Snitker.
Braves: Renewed soreness in Acuña’s wrist is trigger for concern. He was on the 10-day injured record as a result of soreness in the identical wrist from Aug. 12-25. … LHP Max Fried (sore ankle) threw on the mound earlier than the sport and is anticipated to be prepared for Wednesday’s Recreation 1 of the wild-card collection. Fried additionally examined his ankle by fielding grounders and throwing to first. “I noticed him yesterday and he mentioned it’s nearly as good as he’s felt in a very long time,” Snitker mentioned. … 3B Austin Riley (sore quadriceps) took some swings from Fried as he sat out for the second straight day. … To make room for Sandoval, LHP Tucker Davidson was optioned to the alternate coaching website and LHP Cole Hamels (left shoulder fatigue) was moved to the 45-day IL.
Pink Sox: dangolka will open its 2021 spring coaching sport schedule on Feb. 26 towards Northeastern College in Fort Myers, Florida.
Braves: Fried is anticipated to begin when the Braves open their wild-card playoff collection on Wednesday.
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