The Atlanta Braves claimed the series finale against the Texas Rangers last night in impressive fashion. Spencer Strider started and came into the game with a league-leading 79 strikeouts. Nathan Eovaldi started for Texas and came into the game not having allowed a run in 28.2 innings.
Braves Score Yesterday: Braves 6, Rangers 5
In a back-a-forth game, the Braves made a furious comeback to tie this game in the 8th inning. Ronald Acuna Jr. walked to start the eighth inning, then stole second, his 18th of the season. After Matt Olson struck out, Ozzie Albies singled to score Acuna Jr. from second base to make it a one-run game. Austin Riley took his turn next and doubled deep to left-center. Albies was able to score from first base to tie the game.
In the ninth inning, Orlando Arcia added to the legend of Alex Anthopoulos by continuing his breakout season with another clutch hit. This time it came in the form of a home run.
Ronald Acuna Jr. Homers in 4th Straight Game
Ronald Acuna Jr. continues to make his case as the best player in all of baseball. He smashed a home run in his fourth consecutive game. Acuna is now tied for sixth in home runs (11), second in average (.345), second in OBP (.437), first in runs (40), first in OPS (1.050), and he is second in the MLB in steals (18).
Atlanta Braves Pitching Notes from Yesterday
Spencer Strider struck out seven over 5.0 innings, allowing four earned runs on six hits and three walks. His ERA is now 2.96 on the season.
Nick Anderson found himself pitching in the eighth inning in a high-leverage situation for the second straight appearance. He appears to have supplanted AJ Minter as the primary setup option to Raisel Iglesias.
After two consecutive two-run outings, Iglesias settled down to collect his second save of the season with a clean ninth inning.