Ozzie Albies doubled and Austin Riley sprinted around the bases to narrowly beat the throw at home plate as the Braves walked off the Pirates by a score of 8-7 in 11 innings on Wednesday night.
It was, to put it lightly, a weird game from the very start. There was a total of 28 hits, with 20 of those coming in the first six innings. A total of 12 pitchers were used.
Things got wild in the ninth inning after a lengthy rain delay. Luke Jackson entered, and after recording an out, he served up a hanging slider to Josh Bell that was crushed over the center field wall to make it 7-6 Pirates.
Austin Riley continued his incredible heroics in the bottom of the ninth, though, as it was his turn to circle the bases and tie things up at 7-7.
The two clubs would exchange zeros until Ozzie’s heroics in the 11th inning.
The Braves jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning capped off by a two-run Austin Riley triple that bounced off the top of the padding along the right field wall. The Pirates would answer with two runs in the top of the second, but a Freddie Freeman RBI single would extend Atlanta’s lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the frame.
Mike Soroka came to the plate with two on and two out in the third and snuck a single up the middle, making it 6-2.
One would presume a four-run lead with Soroka on the mound would be enough given his dominance this year, but the Pirates continued to chip away and would eventually tie things up at 6-6 in the middle innings.
Then came the lengthy rain delay that led to the wacky late-inning shenanigans above.
Soroka battled through his worst start of the season to date, surrendering five runs across five innings on 10 hits and one walk. The Pirates were attacking Soroka early in the count, and it seemed as if every ball put in play would find an opening. Even with the off night, Soroka’s ERA sits at a minuscule 1.92.
The Braves are 39-29.
The Braves and Pirates will conclude their four-game series on Thursday afternoon with Julio Teheran (4-4, 3.03 ERA) facing off with Joe Musgrove (4-6, 4.40), who was oddly ejected on Monday night following the benches-clearing incident with Josh Donaldson.