The Atlanta Braves tried to beat time on Wednesday and were nearly successful, scoring 29 runs in their win over the Miami Marlins. “My favorite urban flower, baseball box score,” Engel once wrote. Well, he would like this box score. The Braves shattered their modern franchise record for runs in a game (since 1900) and missed the Texas Rangers record of 30 runs, set in a 30–3 win over the Orioles in 2007. Difference in that game? The Rangers were the visiting team and came to bat nine times; In fact, he scored six runs in the ninth inning. The Braves, playing at home, batted only eight times. (In the theater of the absurd department, it is worth noting that the Rangers-Orioles game was the first game of a doubledresser.)
Ronald Acuna Jr. had a Hecuva game, filling his box score with crooked numbers: 4 4 3 3. He added three walks, so he reached base six times. He did not have the best game of the night.
Freddy Freeman scored six, doubled and struck him out. He did not have the best game of the night.
Dansby Swanson and Austin Riley each scored five runs. This is very rare. Only Alex Dickerson has done it this season, and George Springer was the only player to do it in 2019. Neither Swanson nor Riley had the best game of the night.
The honor goes to Adam Duvall, who took 3-for-4 with two walks, three home runs, five runs and nine RBIs. He set Tony Klinger’s franchise record for the RBI in one game; Clinger, a pitcher, hit two Grand Slams in a game in 1966. DuVall scored three home runs in a game for the second time this season, becoming the first National League player since Albert Pujols in 2006 with two three-homer games in a season. Sammy Sosa has three three-homer games in only one season.
It is also not the most amazing Duvall three-home fact. As Sarah Langs of MLB.com pointed out, DuVall is the first player in Braves history in his career with two three-homer games. Yes Hank Aaron had just one three-homer game for the Braves. Chipper Jones had just one. Dale Murphy, Eddie Matthews, Andrew Jones … just one. Bob Horner had a four-homer game, but he never had a three-homer game.
Growing up in New York, Engel watched Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig Swatt home runs at the original Yankee Stadium. I don’t know if he saw this game, but I can guarantee that it was something he had never seen before: it was the first game in MLB history to end 29-9.
In the modern era the Braves and Marlins combined to score the third-most runs in a game. Yes, only baseball is considered modern, but we use the 1900 cutoff for one reason. Early baseball had many crazy scores, when errors were high and the quality of play was clearly a different standard than it is today. Indeed, the Bourne Theater, the precursor to the current Brave franchise, scored 30 runs in a game in 1883 and 29 runs just 11 days later. If you care about 1883, it is technically tied for the second-largest scoring game for the Braves.
Nevertheless, 38 combined runs is very notable. Here are the other three games with at least several combined runs:
June 9, 1901: Giants 25, Reds 13
Of course, the game was also very different in 1901. The Braves and Marlins scored nine home runs on Wednesday, but did not have a single homer in the game. However, there were 49 hits, including 31 stalwarts. Kip Selbach scored 6-for-7, and George Van Haltron and Charlie Hickman each scored five hits and five runs. It was the final appearance for Hall of Fame pitcher Amos Rusy, known as the “Husser Thunderbolt” for his blazing baseball. He was a star for the Giants in the 1890s, but had not pitched in the Major in three years, when the Reds gave him a chance. He played five innings in relief and conceded 15 boundaries and 10 runs.
May 17, 1979: Phillips 23, Cubs 22
The Phillies scored seven runs in the first over. The Cubs reacted with their own six as Cubs ‘Dennis Lamps and Phillips’ Randy Lerch, each recording only one. Yes, it was windy that day at Wrigley, and the teams scored 11 home runs. Dave Kingman played three long balls for the Cubs as part of a six-RBI day, and teammate Bill Buckner scored seven, but Mike Schmidt scored a home run from Bruce Gutter for the Phillies in the 10th inning. Of.
August 25, 1922: Cubs 26, Phyllis 23
Yes, another Phillies-Cubs game at Wrigley Field (then known as Cubs Park). The Cubs scored 10 in the second and 14 in the fourth. The Phillies rallied late in the final two frames with 14 runs. Hack Miller homed twice and scored six runs for the Cubs and teammate Cliff Heathcote scored five hits, two runs and five runs. One difference: This game took 3 hours, 1 minute to play; The Marlins and Braves required 4 hours, 14 minutes.
The Braves recorded .263 / / .337 / .475 for a day as a team, while averaging 5.4 runs per game. Now the Braves are hitting .270 / .345 / .491 and averaging 5.9 runs per game.
The Braves played 17 balls at over 100 mph, which it believes is not a Statcash-era record. The Nationals had 100 100 mph balls in a 23–5 win over the Mets in 2017. Five most hit balls from the Braves on Wednesday:
1. Fifth-inning home run from Akuna, Alex Vesia: 111.5 mph
2. Duval, Josh Smith’s Grand Slam in the seventh inning: 110.4 mph
3. Acuna, Eighth Inning Rhine Flies Off Steinek: 110.3 Mph
4. Freeman, third-inning home run from Jordan Yamamoto: 108.5 mph
5. Freeman, Smith’s sixth inning start: 106.8 mph
Duval’s other two home runs ran at a speed of 106.1 mph from Yamamoto and 101.4 mph from Yamamoto. The Braves Twitter lit up in Jubilee – except for a user named Morrells, 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 landmark for Adam Duvall and the Braves.