Braves bounce back with win, but suffer a critical injury in the process

Braves Arcia

After losing four of five to the Mets over the weekend, the Braves desperately needed to bounce back with a win in the series opener at Fenway Park. It wasn’t easy, but they were able to get the job done in the extra innings, thanks to this Austin Riley base knock and some incredible base-running by Ronald Acuña.

The win was more of a feeling of relief than anything, but it’s the kind of exciting victory that can get a team going, which the Braves desperately need at this point of the season. Following last night’s slate of games, Atlanta trails New York by seven games in the standings with less than two months left to play.

Unfortunately, the win came at a cost. In the tenth inning, Orlando Arcia delivered the go-ahead RBI on a ball that ricocheted off the Green Monster in left field. It looked like it would be a stand up double, but Arcia seemed to have pulled a hamstring on his way to second and ended up getting thrown out. He was removed from the game, and it can be assumed that he will miss quite a bit of time, if not the remainder of the season.

Arcia’s injury puts the Braves in quite the pickle. Ozzie Albies isn’t expected to be back until September, so the team will have to find an answer for at least the next month. That won’t be easy now that the trade deadline has passed. The Braves have some options at the AAA level, but nothing that should inspire much confidence. Sadly, there aren’t many better candidates left on the waiver wire, either. We’ll see how Alex Anthopoulos chooses to approach the situation tomorrow as we learn more about Arcia’s injury.

Update: Arcia has been diagnosed with a left hamstring injury and is headed to the IL.

Photo: Joe Robbins/Icon Sportswire

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