Now exactly a week away from what would’ve been MLB’s Opening Day on March 26, Braves baseball has now been nonexistent for seven whole days — unfortunately with a very way ways to go, as the earliest MLB can return is mid-May (which looks extremely doubtful at this point). But, for those of us currently struggling with that itch to watch the game, FOX Sports Southeast has us covered…
FOX Sports Southeast will re-air some of the most memorable games of the 2019 season. Here is this month’s broadcast schedule, which begins with three games tonight. A channel list link is included. https://t.co/eCJbuu7fPQ
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) March 19, 2020
An almost no-brainer move, the FOX network has decided to re-air some of the most memorable Braves games from the 2019 season, starting tonight with two games:
(times are EST)
- 7:00 p.m. | Braves vs. Mets (June 28, 2019)
- 10:00 p.m. | Braves vs. Marlins (July 5, 2019)
It gets even better: for those that are currently hunkering down at home, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman provided a nice schedule today, listing all seven games to be re-aired in March, with April’s lineup coming soon:
Thursday, March 19, 7 p.m. ET
Soroka outduels deGrom (June 28, 2019)
Mike Soroka limited the Mets to two runs over 6 1/3 innings and Austin Riley hit a two-run homer that helped propel the Braves to a 6-2 win over Jacob deGrom, who has won the past two NL Cy Young Awards. Johan Camargo also created some eighth-inning excitement in this win that gave Atlanta a 5 1/2-game division lead.
Thursday, March 19, 10 p.m. ET
McCann’s walk-off single (July 5, 2019)
Julio Teheran delivered six scoreless innings and the Braves claimed a 1-0 win with Brian McCann’s one-out single in the ninth. This was one of the most memorable moments McCann created as he enjoyed one last season with Atlanta before announcing his retirement in October.
Friday, March 20, 1 a.m. ET
Fried fans 10 in homer fest (Aug. 7, 2019)
If you’re staying up late to watch this one again, you’ll find plenty of early excitement. Ozzie Albies and Freddie Freeman hit back-to-back homers in the first inning of this 11-7 win in Minnesota. Albies further highlighted his four-hit day with another homer in the sixth. Fried recorded seven of his 10 strikeouts while remaining perfect through the first three innings.
Tuesday, March 24, 7 p.m. ET
Ortega’s slam (Aug. 18, 2019)
Forced into a starting role because of the hamstring injury Ender Inciarte had suffered, Rafael Ortega drilled a sixth-inning grand slam that gave the Braves a 5-3 win and a series win over the Dodgers. Fried recovered after surrendering three runs in the first and Atlanta’s new-look bullpen took shape that Sunday afternoon. Chris Martin, Shane Greene and Mark Melancon did not allow a Dodger to reach base over the final three innings.
Tuesday, March 24, 10 p.m. ET
Acuña’s walk-off single (Aug. 22, 2019)
Ronald Acuña extended his mastery of the Marlins when he concluded this 3-2 win with a two-out single in the ninth. Freeman’s one-out homer in the eighth tied the game and prevented a tough-luck loss being tagged to Soroka, who had blanked Miami through six before allowing a pair of runs in the seventh.
Thursday, March 26, 7 p.m. ET
Acuña’s 40th homer (Sept. 18, 2019)
Acuña aided this 5-4 win over the Phillies when he hit his 40th homer off Aaron Nola in the third inning. The All-Star outfielder finished three steals shy of recording just the fifth 40-40 season in MLB history. But he joined former Brave Eddie Mathews and Hall of Famer Mel Ott as the only Major Leaguers to hit 40 homers at age 21 or younger.
Thursday, March 26, 10 p.m. ET
Division clincher (Sept. 20, 2019)
Mike Foltynewicz delivered eight scoreless innings and the Braves clinched a second straight division title with a 6-0 win over the Giants. McCann’s sixth-inning homer served as one of the feel-good moments during this celebratory victory, which included Acuña’s 41st homer.
Obviously, these are games already played and not as good as the real thing, but at this point, anything is better than no baseball at all. And with the amount infected by the coronavirus surpassing 220,000 today (with nearly 9,000 dead), this pandemic isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Good on FOX Sports for doing something for the fans.
*For those interested in re-watching full games, YouTube also has every Braves’ game from the 2019 season archived.