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The Atlanta Braves look to complete their first series win & sweep of the Red Sox at Fenway since the 2002 season. Since that sweep, the Braves are 7-14 in Boston.
The Braves send Robbie Erlin to the bump to bring it home against Boston’s Mike Kickham, who hasn’t started an MLB game since 2013 when he was with the Giants.
In last night’s series clincher, Marcell Ozuna made history by being the first NL Designated Hitter to swat three homeruns in one game at Fenway in the park’s long storied history. He sent two moonshots over the Green Monster in his first two at-bats, then later in the game he parked one over the wall in dead center. Statcast estimated it at 436 feet….they were wrong. It was 450+ for sure.
Also in last night’s game, Rookie phenom Ian Anderson tossed 6 innings of 2 run ball to secure his second MLB win in as many starts. Anderson has been a revelation for the Braves duct-taped rotation & has all but solidified his spot in the rotation moving forward and into the playoffs, of which the Braves currently have a 96% chance of qualifying for in 2020. Anderson was reportedly involved in trade requests from other ball clubs when Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos inquired about rotation help prior to this week’s trade deadline. I think we can all agree that we’re glad AA didn’t pull the trigger in sending him to another MLB city.
Ronald Acuña Jr will most likely be given another night off tonight as he’s nursing a hamstring injury, hoping to reinsert him into the lineup this coming Friday when the Braves take on the Washington Nationals.
Tonight’s series finale is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Eastern.