Braves Score 29 on the Marlins
ATLANTA, GA - There was no shortage of offense Wednesday, the ninth night of September, when the Atlanta Braves faced off against the Miami Marlins and trounced them by a score of 29-9.
Scoring has been a strength for the Braves this year; They have scored the second most runs in the Major Leagues with 255, just three off the San Diego Padres’ pace. That being said, 29 runs is no small feat; in fact, only the Texas Rangers have scored more in a game, piling up 30 runs on the Baltimore Orioles in 2007, the highest scoring team total during a single game in the modern ball era (post 1900). The Braves total was also the most scored by a National League team in the modern ball era.
The effort didn’t come without some incredible performances by a few Braves players, specifically Freddie Freeman, Ronald Acuña Jr., and Adam Duvall. The three players combined for 20 of the 28 runs driven in (1 was unearned), while also slugging five of the team's seven home runs on the historic night.
However, of the three, Duvall had the most highlights as he slugged three home runs and drove in nine runs, the most by any Braves player since Tony Cloninger in 1966. It was also Duvall’s second three-homer game in the past week, as he also completed the feat against the Red Sox just a week prior on September 2.
Freeman, the Braves first baseman, said after the game, “I’ve never seen an offense click like that, all together” (USA Today). Earlier that morning Freeman awoke to a text from Braves manager Brian Snitker who said he would move him up in the order to hit second after they were shut out by the Marlins the night before. Obviously the move worked as the Braves had a historic performance against the playoff seeking Marlins.
The first place Braves will take the field against the Nationals tonight at 6:05 ET, a game that can be seen on Fox Sports South and MASN.