The incredible numbers behind the Atlanta Braves’ 29-point explosion

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Legendary baseball writer Roger Angell turns 100 next week. In his classic book ‘The Summer Game’ he poetically describes his beloved sport: “Since baseball time is measured only in outs, all you have to do is be completely successful; keep hitting, keep the rally alive and you have beaten time. You always stay young. Sitting in the stands, we feel it, if only faintly. The players below us – Mays, DiMaggio, Ruth, Snodgrass – swim and scramble in memory, the ball floats towards Terry Turner, and the end of this game may never come. “The Atlanta Braves tried to beat the time on Wednesday and came close to scoring 29 points in their victory over the Miami Marlins. “My favorite urban flower, the baseball box score,” Angell wrote. Well, he’ll love that box score. The Braves broke their modern franchise record (since 1900) for points in one game and narrowly missed the Texas Rangers’ record of 30 points, set in 2007 in a 30-3 victory over the Orioles. The difference in this game? The Rangers were the visiting team and struck nine times; indeed, they scored six runs in the ninth inning. The Braves, playing at home, have struck only eight times. (In the theater of the absurd department, it should be noted that the Rangers-Orioles game was the first game of a double.)

Ronald Acuna Jr. had a heckuva match, filling his box score with twisted numbers: 4 4 3 3. He added three steps, so he hit base six times. He didn’t have the best game of the night.

Freddie Freeman had a homerun, doubled and led in six points. He didn’t have the best game of the night.

Dansby Swanson and Austin Riley each scored five points. It is quite rare. Only Alex Dickerson has done it this season as well, and George Springer was the only player to do so in 2019. Neither Swanson nor Riley had the best game of the night.

That honor goes to Adam Duvall, who went 3-for-4 with two walks, three homers, five runs and nine RBIs. He tied Tony Cloninger’s franchise record for the RBI in one game; Cloninger, a pitcher, hit two Grand Slam tournaments in one game in 1966. Duvall had three homers in a game for the second time this season, becoming the National League’s first player with two games from three homers in one season since Albert Pujols in 2006 Only Sammy Sosa has three games from three homers in one season.

It’s not even Duvall’s most amazing fact on three circuits. As MLB.com’s Sarah Langs pointed out, Duvall is the first player in Braves history with two games from three homers in his career. Yes. Hank Aaron has only had one three-homer game for the Braves. Chipper Jones only had one. Dale Murphy, Eddie Mathews, Andruw Jones… just one. Bob Horner played a four-homer game, but he never played a three-homer game.

Growing up in New York City, Angell watched Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig hit home runs at the original Yankee Stadium. I don’t know if he watched any of those games, but I can guarantee you it was something he had never seen before: it was the first game in MLB history to be played. finish 29-9.


The Braves and Marlins combined to score the third most points in a game of the modern age. Yes, only baseball is considered modern, but we use the 1900 threshold for a reason. There were a lot of crazy scores in the early days of baseball, when there were a lot of mistakes and the quality of play was obviously on a different level than today. Indeed, the Boston Beaneaters, the precursor to the current Braves franchise, scored 30 points in a game in 1883 and 29 just 11 days later. If you care about 1883, it’s technically tied for the second-most scorched game for the Braves.

Still, 38 combined races are quite remarkable. Here are the other three games with at least that many combined races:

9 juin 1901: Giants 25, Reds 13

Of course, the game was also very different in 1901. The Braves and Marlins combined for nine home runs on Wednesday, but there was not a single home run in that game. There were, however, 49 hits, including 31 by the Giants. Kip Selbach went 6-for-7, and George Van Haltren and Charlie Hickman each had five hits and five runs. It was the last appearance of Hall of Fame pitcher Amos Rusie, known as the “Hoosier Thunderbolt” for his fast pitch. He was a star for the Giants in the 1890s, but hadn’t played in the majors for three years when the Reds gave him a chance. He pitched five innings in relief and allowed 15 hits and 10 runs.

17 mai 1979: Phillies 23, Cubs 22

The Phillies scored seven points in the top of the first. The Cubs responded with six of them as Cubs starters Dennis Lamp and Phillies Randy Lerch each recorded just one out. Yes, the wind was blowing that day at Wrigley, and the teams combined for 11 home runs. Dave Kingman hit three long balls for the Cubs in a six RBI day, and teammate Bill Buckner drove seven, but Mike Schmidt won for the Phillies in the 10th inning with a Bruce homerun. Sutter.

August 25, 1922: Cubs 26, Phillies 23

Yes, another Phillies-Cubs game at Wrigley Field (then known as Cubs Park). The Cubs scored 10 points in the second and 14 points in the fourth. The Phillies rallied late with 14 points in the last two frames. Hack Miller had two homers and six runs for the Cubs, and his teammate Cliff Heathcote had five hits, two steps and five runs. One difference: this game took 3 hours and 1 minute to play; the Marlins and the Braves needed 4 hours and 14 minutes.


The Braves came into the day hitting .263 / .337 / .475 as a team with an average of 5.4 points per game. Now the Braves are hitting .270 / .345 / .491 and averaging 5.9 runs per game.

The Braves hit 17 bullets at over 100 mph, which, believe it or not, is not a StatCast era record. The Nationals had 20 100 mph balls in play in a 23-5 win over the Mets in 2017. The Braves’ five hardest hit balls Wednesday:

1. Acuna, Alex Vesia’s fifth home lap: 111.5 mph

2. Duvall, Grand Slam in the seventh round against Josh Smith: 110.4 mph

3. Acuna, eighth round off Ryne Stanek: 110.3 mph

4. Freeman, third inning at home against Jordan Yamamoto: 108.5 mph

5. Freeman, sixth inning failure off Smith: 106.8 mph

Duvall’s other two circuits were a blast of 106.1 mph off Yamamoto and a 101.4 mph off Yamamoto. Braves Twitter lit up with joy – except for one user named Joe Morales, who posted a crying meme with the words “Sat Adam Duvall in fantasy”.

Yes, it was a bad day for Joe Morales. But it was a historic story for Adam Duvall and the Braves.

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