The Atlanta Braves were one of baseball’s hottest teams over the final month, but does that portend a winning 2017 to come?
The Atlanta Braves woke up on the morning of Sunday, August 21 with a big headache. Perhaps for some, it came from a lot of Saturday night partying.
But for the majority of the Braves players, management, and their fan base that headache came from the team’s record on the field.
As of that Sunday morning the Braves had lost their last seven straight games, nine of their previous 10, and were sitting with a 44-79 record that was baseball’s worst.
To make matters somewhat worse, the Braves were trying to celebrate their final year at Turner Field after 20 seasons.
“The Ted” was closing down at the end of the year, with the club on schedule to move into new Sun Trust Park in the Atlanta suburbs for the 2017 season.
The Braves were 0-5 as they closed a homestand that day with a game against the NL East rival Washington Nationals.
With two outs and nobody on base in the bottom of the 10th inning of a 6-6 tie, second baseman Jace Peterson worked the count full against always tough Nats reliever Shawn Kelley.
Peterson then blasted a solo home run, his seventh of the season, deep into the right field stands.
The walkoff homer put an end to the losing streak, but what it would prove to have started could have never been seen at that point.