The Braves jumped out to an early lead in this one, as Ozzie Albies homered on the second pitch of the game to stake Atlanta starter Julio Teheran to a 1-0 advantage. Teheran would surrender that lead in the second inning on an Albert Almora two-run homer, but a Tyler Flowers two-run blast in the next half-inning put the Braves back ahead 3-2. That lead would be erased by a Kris Bryant two-run homer in the bottom half, and the Cubs regained the lead 4-3. In the fifth inning, the Braves inflicted what would prove to be the decisive blow on Chicago, as Jose Bautista belted a towering three-run homer to left, giving Atlanta a 6-4 lead. An eventful ninth inning put the game in jeopardy for the Braves, but AJ Minter was able to escape a bases-loaded jam to retire Kris Bryant and seal an Atlanta victory.
In honor of Jackie Robinson, all players wore the number 42 in Monday’s makeup game between the Braves and Cubs. The game was originally scheduled for April 15, but poor weather postponed the game, pushing the festivities back to the makeup date. Good job by both teams and Major League Baseball to honor Robinson despite the time that intervened between the originally scheduled game and the makeup date.
Braves starter Julio Teheran labored through six innings on Monday, allowing four runs, but was greatly aided in the sixth inning by center fielder Ender Inciarte. The Cubs had a runner on first with one out for Javier Baez, who drove a hard liner to right-center, where Inciarte made a sliding grab to save a hit, then threw behind the runner to cap off an inning-ending double play. The play had an 11% catch probability according to Statcast.
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