Something had to change for the Atlanta Braves. It is just natural that a good team’s losing streak is more likely to end every single day that it stretches on. The Braves, however, seemed to find a new way to lose every single night and against the Washington Nationals in the biggest game of the season to date, they nearly found a way for a ninth consecutive game. Something magical seemed to spur them on to keep a narrow lead and draw closer to the Nats.
It was, of course, the first night of Alumni Weekend in Atlanta. Bobby Cox, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Chipper Jones and others were in attendance at Turner Field. How fitting that these legendary figures in Braves history would be on hand for the biggest win of the season? Was it something about the legends attending that brought about the winning ways of the Braves? It could have been.
After all, look at the way it happened. The game was a blowout for the first half and wound up being a one-run nail-biter by the seventh, eighth and ninth innings. Raise your hand if you remember a few close nail-biting contests when Glavine and Maddux were on the mound, Bobby was managing, and Chipper was manning third.
Just like those teams did so often back in the day, the Braves held together to get the win over their strong rivals. It not only stopped the losing streak, but also saw the return of their home run power. The game was special enough to see Justin Upton and B.J. Upton homer in the same game again and take a notch out of history. Tommy La Stella grabbed his first career long ball, which fittingly was the difference. It was magical, to say the least.
Without a doubt, this is a huge win for the Braves. The only game that will even come close is the one they will play tomorrow. They’ll need more magical home runs and a great effort from the starter. We can’t have the middle relief nearly giving the game away every night now, can we? This is bound to be an awesome series. It might not be the most important of the season for the Nats, but you can bet it is for the Braves and they played like it for seven of the nine innings tonight.