The Atlanta Braves made a thrilling comeback against the Chicago Cubs last night in the first of three games against the potential postseason opponent. This was also Dansby Swanson‘s first game back in Atlanta since he signed with Chicago.
The Bad News: Bryce Elder
With Charlie Morton set to miss the NLDS, Bryce Elder has been thrust into postseason prominence. He will be the third starter in the rotation when the Braves take on their first round opponent.
Elder allowed five runs on seven hits and walked four in just 3.2 innings pitched last night. Elder’s overall ERA is creeping toward four as he finished the night at 3.81. His 1.28 WHIP is not ideal, either. Bryce is scheduled to make the final start of the Braves season against the Nationals. Hopefully, he can get it going before the postseason there.
The Good News: Braves Win Despite Bryce Elder
The good news here is that the Braves were able to make a thrilling comeback late in the game to secure the “W” despite the rough outing by Elder.
With the Braves down 6-0 in the bottom of the sixth, Kevin Pillar put the Braves on the board with a solo show to left field. The homer gave the Braves 300 on the season. The Braves are just the third team in baseball history to accomplish the feat.
That was enough to energize the offense. After the homer, Olson singled the other way to drive in Ozzie Albies, giving Olson 134 RBI on the season.
Marcell Ozuna hit a laser off the left field wall to make it 6-3.
In the seventh, Ronald Acuna Jr. (MVP) made it 6-5 with his 41st homer.
Braves Complete Comeback in Unlikely Fashion
The Cubs were clinging to a 6-5 lead with two on and a full count to struggling Sean Murphy. He hit a routine flyball to Seiya Suzuki in right. Suzuki just flat out missed it to give the Braves a 7-6 lead they would not relinquish.
This victory was the Braves largest comeback win of the season.