Atlanta Braves News: Los Bravos clinched the best record in all of baseball with their 5-3 victory over the Cubs on Thursday night. In the game, Matt Olson slugged his 54th homer and took the modern-era single-season franchise record for runs batted in. Olson passed Eddie Matthews’ mark of 135 set in 1953 with a two-run homer to get Matt to 136 on the year.
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Braves Have a Chance to Tie Another Record
The Braves took all three games from the Cubs and have left them on the outside looking in at the wild card standings. The Braves will enter the final series of the season against the Nationals with a chance to tie the 1998 Braves with 106 wins.
Braves Closing in on Team Home Run Record
The Braves are now just four homers away from taking the single-season team home run record set by the Twins in 2019. Don’t be surprised if they do that in the first inning of tonight’s game against the Nationals. Speaking of which, with Olson’s homer last night, the Braves added to their MLB record 47 first-inning homers.
Braves Secure Home Field Advantage Through World Series
The Braves have locked down the best record in baseball with the win. They have now secured home field advantage throughout the World Series. That means they get the edge no matter the opponent all postseason. This is a big advantage worthy of the best team in baseball. Close to 60% of all World Series are won by the team with home field advantage.
Braves Standout Performances from 5-3 Win Over Cubs
Austin Riley had three hits, including a double and a triple. Ronald Acuna Jr. drove in his 105th RBI of the season. AJ Smith-Shawver pitched 3.2 innings of one-run ball before giving way to Kyle Wright in relief. Wright pitched 2.1 innings with four strikeouts, one walk, one hit, and one earned run allowed. Wright would be credited with with the victory out of the bullpen.
Raisel Iglesias picked up his 32nd save of the season. This is Iglesias’ fourth-career 30+ save season. He is just two saves away from tying his career high of 34.
Nationals vs. Braves Game Preview
The Braves will welcome the Washington Nationals with open arms tonight with first pitch scheduled for 7:20 PM EST. Braves 28-year-old rookie Allan Winans (1-2, 4.33 ERA) will take on the Nationals Trevor Williams (6-10, 5.55 ERA).