Following three straight losses, the Braves really needed something positive to happen on Tuesday, and the club got it in all forms. It began with a Mets loss, who fell to the Cubs for the second straight day, and it continued on the farm when Ozzie Albies hit a walk-off home run for the Gwinnett Stripers.
Ozzie bomb to walk it off! pic.twitter.com/C4Y1LS7iBp
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The hit was Albies’ fifth of the game, and he also played all nine innings in the field. The plan for him is to play another nine innings at second base today, and hopefully, if everything checks out, he will rejoin the team on the next homestand.
However, all of that positive news would have been erased by a Braves loss in the nightcap against the Giants. San Francisco has been a tough place for Atlanta to play over the years, but they were able to stop the bleeding on Tuesday behind a gutsy performance from Kyle Wright and a huge night from Dansby Swanson at the plate.
From the beginning, it was evident Wright didn’t have his best stuff, but as he has all season, he battled and was able to limit the Giants’ offense to just one run over 5.1 innings. That’s been the difference with Wright this year. In past seasons, he would have crumbled and surrendered several runs before being pulled from the game early. In 2022, he’s been able to avoid the big inning meltdowns, for the most part, giving the Braves a chance to win each time out, which is why he now leads the majors in wins with 18.
Swanson delivered the difference-making blow early on. With the game tied at 1-1 in the 3rd, he hit a laser into the left field bleachers for his 20th home run of the season. He also delivered later in the game with a single, stretching the Braves’ lead to four.
Despite his recent struggles, Brian Snitker once again turned to Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning, but this time, Jansen was able to get the job done with little resistance. He struck out two batters and allowed just one hit as the Braves successfully trimmed the NL East lead to a half-game. With 20 games remaining, they aim to take sole possession of first place tomorrow before returning home after this lengthy eight-game road trip on the west coast.
Photographer: David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire
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