After being shut out 8-0 the night before, the Atlanta Braves avenged their loss by absolutely trouncing the Miami Marlins Wednesday night. Led by left fielder Adam Duvall’s three home runs, the Braves obliterated the opposition 29-9. Check out the statistical breakdown from Atlanta’s historic offensive explosion.
The Atlanta Braves currently sit in first place in the NL East with a 25-18 record. The team has maintained its place atop the division because of its ability to consistently light up the scoreboard. Wednesday night, the Braves scored the most runs ever from a National League team in the modern era.
The last time an NL team scored more was in 1897, when the Chicago Colts — now the Cubs — plated 36 runs against the Louisville Colonels. The only other MLB team that scored more runs than the Braves was the Texas Rangers. They demolished the Baltimore Orioles 30-3 on Aug. 22, 2007, at Camden Yards.
The 29 runs were the most scored from Atlanta since it defeated the same Miami Marlins 20-3, on Oct. 5, 2001. It was also the first game in MLB history to finish with a score of 29-9. The Braves have scored 20 or more runs seven different times in the modern baseball era.
Atlanta’s Adam Duvall contributed to the Braves blow out win with three home runs, including a grand slam that capped off the 29-run onslaught. He collected nine RBI on the night — the most ever by a Braves player since Tony Cloninger in 1966, according to MLB Stats.
Here’s what’s more impressive: Duvall’s three-homer performance was the second time he had accomplished the feat in eight days. The left fielder’s first three-homer game came on Sept. 2 against the Boston Red Sox.
He’s only the second National League player to hit two three-homer games within 10 days. Hall of Famer Johnny Mize accomplished the same feat in 1938. Duvall also became the first player in Braves franchise history with multiple three-homer games.
Check out this crazy statistic: Entering Tuesday, seven MLB teams hadn’t scored 29 runs yet in the month of September. While most of these teams are struggling, the Oakland Athletics actually have a better record than the Braves.
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman’s third-inning home run was his 1,500th career hit. The slugger’s home run was one of seven hit by the Braves during the rout in Atlanta.
As a result of Wednesday night’s game, two pitchers on the Marlins’ staff — Jordan Yamamoto and Alex Vesia — now have an ERA over 18.00. They allowed 18 runs (16 earned) on 14 hits and five walks combined. They struck out six batters over four innings.
Prior to the Braves game against the Marlins, the Milwaukee Brewers blew out the Detroit Tigers 19-0. It was the Brewers third-largest margin of victory in franchise history. Wednesday’s results were the second time in Major League history — first since 1900 — that two teams had won by 19 or more runs on the same day.