Atlanta Braves Clinch 6th Straight National League East Title

The Atlanta Braves clinched their sixth straight National League East title on Wednesday when the defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 4-. The Braves’ winning pitcher was Spencer Strider, who leads the major leagues with 17 wins. The Braves’ victory was propelled, in part, by Austin Riley’s two-run homer.

The Braves’ closer, Kirby Yates, struck out Brandon Marsh to end the game. Yates earned his fifth save. As the Braves “danced in a mob near the mound,” as reported, “Phillies fans booed them off the field.” “Congratulations Atlanta Braves 2023 NL East Champions” flashed on the Phillies scoreboard. “Braves star Ronald Acuña Jr. responded to booing fans by raising both arms and signaling with his hands to bring it on.”

Background information for the Braves’ record this season discloses that, with their 96-50 record, the Braves clinched in 146 games, their second-quickest clinch in the divisional era. The division title was the Braves’ record 26th, two more than the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees,

The title clinch comes two days after the Braves were the first to clinch a spot in the postseason and a day after slugger Matt Olsen tied the franchise’s single-season home run record. Also noted is the stunning achievement of Braves player Ronald Acuña, who became the first 30/60 player in baseball history. Acuña Jr. hit a long grand slam in the second inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night, cementing his status as “the first player in major league history with 30 home runs and 60 stolen bases in the same season.”

“We’ve checked one box,” manager Brian Snitker said modestly. Sports reporting accolades include the opinion that the “Braves have seemingly made winning the East a rite of September since the 1990s and this year’s team looks loaded enough to win their third World Series since moving from Milwaukee to Atlanta in 1966.” History shows that over that span, “Atlanta won 11 straight NL East titles from 1995-2005, and the World Series in 1995 and 2021.”

Some reporting asserted the opinion that Atlanta “took special satisfaction in clinching on the same Citizens Bank Park field where the Phillies eliminated them last October in the NL Division Series. The Phillies won that series 3-1 — just as Atlanta won this four-game set.” The current status is that the Phillies lead the NL wild card and the teams could face each other in October.

D & B Staff

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