Back on May 3rd, I wrote about one of the most memorable baseball games I’ve ever witnessed, as the Braves rallied from six runs down against Roy Halladay and the Phillies. However, Friday night’s series opener with the Nationals may be the most remarkable comeback I’ve ever been a part of. Trailing 9-0 after five innings against Stephen Strasburg, the Braves scored four in the sixth, four in the eigth and took the lead in the ninth off struggling closer Tyler Clippard. The nine run deficit tied the largest comeback win in Braves history.
Baseball’s a funny game, it really is. Over the course of a 162 game season, there are going to be nights where you just don’t have it. Your starter will get lit up, the offense will be held at bay, and it’ll just seem like everything that can go wrong, will. I have to think that’s the way a lot of folks in the Nation’s Capitol feel as they wake up on a gloomy Saturday morning. Early on, it wasn’t looking good for the Braves, who entered having lost 6 of 8 to the Nationals in the first half of the season. But then, the offense started chipping away and swung momentum their way.
Lost in the shuffle of a thrilling come-from-behind win is the historical moment for future Hall of Famer Chipper Jones, who became the all-time RBI leader for third basemen in Major League history, passing George Brett. “Everybody wants to be number one in some kind of category. Most categories I’m either two or three so it’s nice to be number one in one. Obviously, passing Schmidt and Brett is pretty elite company” Chipper said just after midnight.
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