For the seventh time this year, the Braves picked up a walk-off victory in front of the fans at SunTrust Park. This time, the hero of the evening was Kurt Suzuki. After Ozzie Albies hit a double to tie the game, Suzuki eventually came up to bat with a chance to win it, and he did just that when he hit a liner up the right field foul line to bring in Freddie Freeman and put the Braves over the Marlins.
Bottom of the 9th, tie ballgame...— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) September 8, 2017
Take it away, Zuk! pic.twitter.com/1mPeBKhpnf
While last night brought some short-term excitement, one player who brought the Braves plenty of long-term excitement is Ronald Acuna. The fanbase is already salivating over what he could potentially bring to the table from 2018 onward, and our very own Matt Powers tried to look at what was behind Acuna’s breakout season on the farm.
Kurt Suzuki has done a lovely job manning the catcher position while Tyler Flowers has been out due to injury as of late. However, that may change by the time this weekend rolls around. Gabriel Burns of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the Braves are “hopeful” that Flowers could be back in action by the weekend.
Flowers was placed on the DL Aug. 30 after taking a foul ball off the wrist during a game in Philadelphia. Flowers was baseball’s best pitch-framer, and paired with Kurt Suzuki to form one of the better catching duos in the majors.
“I’m hoping this weekend,” said Braves manager Brian Snitker. “He’s been hitting and everything. I’m hoping when his 10 days are up we can get him back active.”
Hurricane Irma is about to hit Florida and the southeastern Atlantic coast with full force, and people are already evacuating. The Braves decided to help out fans who had to evacuate from that area by giving them free access to the weekend series with the Marlins. They may have made a mistake with the music during last night’s game, but this is still a cool gesture on the Braves’ part. Chris Vivlamore of the AJC talked with Braves President of Business Derek Schiller about the deal.
“We know how difficult it has been for those who have had to pack up and leave their homes as Hurricane Irma approaches,” said Derek Schiller, Braves President of Business, said in a statement. “We hope we can help take their mind off the storm for a few hours by coming to enjoy a baseball game at SunTrust Park.”
The team initially made the offer to residents of Florida but later added those from counties in Georgia and South Carolina.
The Diamondbacks may be hot, but the defending AL Pennant winners are even hotter. Cleveland easily dispatched of the White Sox in an 11-2 victory, and that was their 15th win in a row. That’s a franchise record, and it’s the longest win streak in baseball since the A’s won 20 straight during that Moneyball season of 2002. Talk about getting hot at the right time!
While Cleveland might be red-hot, the Dodgers are ice-cold right now. They’ve been on a serious slide that has seen their lead in the division go from 21 games to 10 games, and they couldn’t even win with Clayton Kershaw on the mound. This time, the Rockies ran him before he could make it out of the fourth inning, and this included a three-run dinger from Nolan Arenado in the first inning.