No matter what sport you play, typically when all of the notable highlights happen for one team, its usually not a close game.
It becomes both notable and as absolutely fun as can be when those highlights feature your team.
If you, like me and countless others, have been waiting for the offensive turning point to happen, perhaps for all of us, tonight was the night.
The Pirates actually got off to an impressive start, with two quick singles to begin the game. However, Ian Anderson was able to lock in and get three straight outs to prevent any runs from scoring.
In the bottom of the first, the Braves did not want to waste any opportunities to support their Anderson in this game. Against Tyler Anderson of the Pirates, Ronald Acuna Jr. singled and scored on an Ozzie Albies double to make the score 1-0.
After Ian Anderson kept the Pirates quiet in the top of the second inning, the Braves decided to let the fire works begin.
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The Braves loaded the bases, and after Tyler Anderson struck out Ian Anderson, Acuna Jr. connected for a grand slam to right field to make the score 5-0. The Braves got the big lead early in a game they had been looking for for a while. Both Andersons kept the bats of both teams quiet in the third inning. After the Pirates once again failed to score in the top of the fourth inning, Acuna Jr. delivered again with a sacrifice fly to make the score 6-0.
The Braves bats kept right on rolling as Albies and Austin Riley went back to back to make the score 8-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning. Obviously with more than enough run support, Ian Anderson went right back to work and once again silenced the Pirates in the top of the sixth inning. After flirting with a no-hitter in his last start, Anderson followed it up with another dominant performance. Over six innings, he threw 92 pitches, 62 for strikes, and allowed zero runs or walks while producing six strikeouts. It’s been a bad week of news for the Braves regarding pitching; Anderson’s recent performance certainly is a positive turn of events.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Marcell Ozuna joined in on the fun with a solo home run. From there, the hit parade began:
-Riley and Dansby Swanson delivered another back-to-back home run round of fun, which included Riley’s second home run of the game.
-Riley scored Freddie Freeman on a sacrifice fly.
-Kevan Smith plates Ozuna with an RBI single.
-Guillermo Heredia allows Albies to score with another RBI single.
-Ehire Adrianza clears the bases with the Braves second grand slam of the game.
-Back-to-Back doubles from Freeman and Ozuna make the score 20-0 Atlanta.
In the top of the ninth inning, Jacob Webb allowed a run to score but ended the game with a 20-1 victory for the Braves. Overall, it was a nice way to end it after the unfortunate luck Webb had earlier this week.
Tonight was only the third time in franchise history the Braves connected for seven home runs and 20 hits in one game, with the last time being their 29-9 victory over the Marlins last year. Furthermore, with the nights Acuna Jr., Albies, Riley, and Anderson all had, its a reminder of just how talented the young core of this team is. Hopefully, this will be looked back upon as a needed turning point in the season.