I’ve been to 4 Braves games since the team moved from Atlanta-Fulton County stadium, so what were the odds that at one of those games I’d be present for the beginning of the Hector Olivera era? Debuting September 1st, 2015, his trade may not have had the worst outcome in Braves history, but it’s very possibly the stupidest one.
Just a little something to keep us humble before we talk about something more pleasant.
Orlando Arcia busted open a 1 – 1 game in the top of the 10th with a 2-out, 3 run homer, and the Braves held on to take their
5th 6th straight win. Bryce Elder battled through 6 innings, allowing only 1 run on 5 hits and 4 walks, and Joe Jimenez, A.J. Minter, and Michael Tonkin held the Dodgers otherwise scoreless through 9. Raisel Iglesias allowed the Manfred Man to score while picking up his 28th save. Arcia’s homer was his 17th of the season.
Another thing that happened in 2015 was that Statcast was introduced to Major League Baseball. Ronald Acuna Jr. put it to the test in the top of the 3rd, smashing a 454 foot homer with a Category 3 121.2 mph exit velocity. It was reported as the 3rd highest exit velocity on a home run in the Statcast era, and his 3rd in 3 games in L.A. Ronald is hitting .337 with 123 runs scored this season, among other feats.
The Braves have now won 10 out of 11, and are 8 – 1 on the western road trip. Atlanta concludes the Labor Day weekend show on Sunday at 4:10 Eastern. Charlie Morton will try to make it 4 lonely days in the brown L.A. haze for the old loss column; Bobby Miller scheduled for the Dodgers.