The Atlanta Braves were closed on Tuesday night, but boy, did they make up for Wednesday night.
The Braves defeated the Miami Marlins 29-9 and, in the meantime, set a National League record for most points scored in a single game.
The assault on Atlanta included an 11-run second inning. Overall, the team scored seven home runs during the match.
Brave slugger Adam Duvall had a night to remember, beating two home runs, three run homers and a grand slam – in that order – tying a team record with nine RBI.
“We scored 29 points,” wrote the Braves on social media after Duvall’s third dinger. “That’s it. This is the Tweet.”
“Pretty amazing,” said Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman, who rode in six runs, including a two-run homer. “Hard to put into words, really, when you look up and see 29 tracks on the scoreboard.”
The Braves’ feat was only one run before the MLB record draw for most points scored in a game during the modern era (since 1900). That score was set by the American League’s Texas Rangers, who scored 30 points against the Baltimore Orioles in 2007.
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The most points ever scored in a game was 36 by the Chicago Colts in 1897, according to the MLB website.
“What the hell ** @Braves ?? Did you jailbreak the score? CONGRATULATIONS on the LETS GOOO record !!!” tweeted Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young.
It was only the fourth time a team had scored at least 29 points, and the first time a National League team had done so. The 1955 Chicago White Sox and 1950 Boston Red Sox – both of the American League – had previously achieved that total.
During the game, every Braves owner recorded a hit and seven of them had a multi-hit game, driven by Duvall’s performance.
He had recorded a three-homer game just a week ago. His nine RBI set an Atlanta record set by Tony Cloninger, a pitcher, in 1966.
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The Braves’ performance was considered even more impressive considering the team did not score in the first or eighth inning. Due to their advantage and being the home team, they also didn’t beat in ninth place.
For the Marlins, it was their biggest margin of defeat in franchise history, according to ESPN Stats & Info. During the match, the team didn’t seem to be in a very good mood.
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After the game, they seem to have faced the historic defeat calmly, adding: “Tomorrow is a new day”.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.