Atlanta entered the bottom of the ninth inning trailing the Miami Marlins 9-4. But by the time Dansby Swanson came up to the plate they were only trailing by one with the bases loaded and two outs.
The line drive single down the left field line came at the end of a seven pitch at bat with the final pitch high in the zone, right near the sweat spot on the bat.
Swanson’s walk-off winner followed an insanely improbably ninth inning come from behind win for Atlanta. The final five runs the Braves scored game with two outs.
Before the walk-off winner, Kurt Suzuki scored Atlanta’s eighth run by on a line drive single to left field that scored Nick Markakis. Markakis had reached when on a grounder up the middle that made its way to center field to score Freddie Freeman. The face of the franchise, Freeman, had gotten on when he hit a ground ball that snuck by first baseman Miguel Rojas that brought home Ozzie Albies; which made it 9-6 Miami. Atlanta’s first run of the ninth came on a sacrifice fly by Ronald Acura Jr., which was the Braves second out of the inning.
After that unlikely series of events, Atlanta is now 28-17 with a 1.5 game lead over the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East (yes you read that correctly). The Braves have not cooled down yet after an incredibly hot start to the 2018 season. This squad is surprisingly good at pretty everything and hasn’t really exposed too many glaring weaknesses.
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